facies meaning

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Noun: facies  'feyshee`eez
  1. (biology) the general aspect or habit of a species, or group of species, esp. with reference to its adaptation to its environment 
  2. (medicine) facial appearance typical of a particular disease 
  3. (geology) characteristics of a rock deposit

Encyclopedia: Facies

The appearance of the face that is often characteristic of a disease or pathological condition,as the elfin facies of WILLIAMS SYNDROME or the mongoloid facies of DOWN SYNDROME. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary,2d ed) n pl facies
1 : an appearance and expression of the face characteristic of a particular condition esp. when abnormal ‹peptic ulcer facies› ‹adenoid facies›
2 : an anatomical surface


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  1. you may call my facies whimsical.
  2. clastic facies pattern recognition is somewhat systematic.
  3. the sediments are detrital and largely of greywacke facies.
  4. the sedimentary members are largely turbidites of greywacke facies.
  5. facies of species are often connected with extreme or disturbed habitats.

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