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ef·face

 (ĭ-fās′)
v. ef·faced, ef·fac·ing, ef·fac·es
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.

ef·fa·cé

 (ĕf′ə-sā′)
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"
Translations

ef·face·ment

n. borradura, deformación de las características de un órgano tal como la del cuello uterino durante el parto.
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It is a clinical diagnosis defined as the initiation and perpetuation of uterine contractions with the goal of producing progressive cervical effacement and dilation.
"High probability of preterm delivery" was defined as preterm labor with intact membranes and at least 3 cm dilation or 75% cervical effacement; spontaneous rupture of membranes; or anticipated preterm delivery for any other indication either through induction or cesarean section between 24 hours and 7 days after the planned randomization.
(1) This risk can be abrogated by interventions that artificially "strengthen" the cervix (such as placement of a cervical cerclage or pessary) or interfere with the biochemical changes within the cervical stroma that promote cervical effacement (by progesterone supplementation).