fa·ci·es (fāshē-ēz′, -shēz)
n. pl. facies
1. Biology The general aspect or outward appearance, as of a given growth of flora.
2. Medicine The appearance or expression of the face, especially when typical of a certain disorder or disease.
3. Geology A rock or stratified body distinguished from others by its appearance or composition.
[Latin faciēs; see dhē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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