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v. ef·faced, ef·fac·ing, ef·fac·es
1. To rub or wipe out; erase: The serial number had been effaced from the stolen product.
2. To remove or make indistinct: "Five years' absence had done nothing to efface the people's memory of his firmness" (Alan Moorehead).
3. To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: "When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly" (Doris Lessing).
4. Medicine To cause to become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor: The cervix was effaced as the contractions continued.
Medicine To become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor. Used of the cervix.

[Middle English effacen, from French effacer, from Old French esfacier : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + face, face; see face.]

ef·face′a·ble adj.
ef·face′ment n.
ef·fac′er n.


A position in ballet in which the dancer stands at an angle to the audience so that part of the body is hidden from view.

[French, from past participle of effacer, to efface; see efface.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.effacement - shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
childbed, confinement, lying-in, parturiency, travail, labour, labor - concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
2.effacement - withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous
withdrawal - the act of withdrawing; "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"


n. borradura, deformación de las características de un órgano tal como la del cuello uterino durante el parto.
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It is certain that the old gentleman, who had lived in days gone by with that feminine nation now as much forgotten as many other great things,--like the Jesuits, the Buccaneers, the Abbes, and the Farmers-General,--had acquired an irresistible good- humor, a kindly ease, a laisser-aller devoid of egotism, the self- effacement of Jupiter with Alcmene, of the king intending to be duped, who casts his thunderbolts to the devil, wants his Olympus full of follies, little suppers, feminine profusions--but with Juno out of the way, be it understood.
All of which quite applied to Pandora Day-- the journey to Europe, the culture (as exemplified in the books she read on the ship), the relegation, the effacement, of the family.
For the present, Martin's only concern in his son consisted in seeing to it that his effacement was as nearly complete as possible.
Physician choice rather than a randomized assignment determined what management course would be followed for 35 patients determined by transvaginal ultrasound or examination to have a cervical dilatation of 2-5 cm and/or effacement of at least 60% with membranes visible or protruding at the external os during the second trimester, said Dr.
The Bishop score--comprising position of the cervix in relation to the vagina, cervical consistency, dilation, effacement, and station of the presenting part--was created in 1964 and remains the standard of cervical assessment before induction of labor (IOL).
Rather than collage, the overall effect is more like effacement.
Just as sports or music audiences push aside the ostensible stars in much of the art described above, pictured protests are removed from the historical context of political struggles, either by virtue of being conjured from the past or through their status as mediated images or simply by some effacement of the actual issues at stake.
In the end, Batniji achieved his most eloquent, forceful dialogue with the viewer in an untitled slide projection composed of fifty-eight color photos of the battle-scarred walls of Gaza City, some of them bare, most of them filled with layers of graffiti and posters of the dead, all of them serving as "witnesses" to the passage of time and the effacement of memory.
What seems bold and decisive, a fundamental there or not there, is shown to be the result of extensive calibration and recalibration, and the effacement of earlier "solutions.
One woman in the study with moderate to severe effacement no longer had a discernable upper cervix, and had a lower cervix of 18 mm.
But despite the effacement of the brand names printed on the artist's source objects in their sculptural derivatives, the underlying banality remains the same--the ultimate impression here is one of nakedness and vacuity.
The painting forecast that the creative energy of underground culture would eventually contribute to the effacement of the Soviet regime.