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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.]
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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"
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n. borradura, deformación de las características de un órgano tal como la del cuello uterino durante el parto.
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For the present, Martin's only concern in his son consisted in seeing to it that his effacement was as nearly complete as possible.
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.
"CT findings (namely, effacement of basal cisterns) had better diagnostic accuracy, but are not readily available in all centers," the authors write.
Histology of DLE may reveal hyperkeratosis, a thin epidermis with effacement of the rete ridges, a lichenoid and vacuolar interface dermatitis, and follicular plugging.
Upon resolution of HZ, a second biopsy was performed with findings of thickened capillary walls with lucencies, moderate mesangial matrix expansion, and no podocytes abnormality on the light microscopy (LM) (Figure 1), and negative immunofluorescent study (IF) for IgG, IgA, C3, C1q, light chains, and faint IgM on IF, and electronmicroscopy (EM) with complete (90-100%) effacement of foot processes, acellular debris in thickened capillary walls, and sparse immune deposits in mesangium (Figure 2), which were consistent with healed membranous nephropathy (MN) and minimal change disease- (MCD-) like process.
From being a regressive cultural practice to becoming a legal transgression, the effacement of triple talaq was overdue and necessary.
Le ministre du travail et de la securite sociale Mourad Zemali a exclu tout effacement des dettes des micros entreprises crees dans le cadre de l'Ansej et de la Cnac.
This revealed diffuse sulcal effacement and obliterated basal cisterns suggestive of SAH (Figure 1).
Liver biopsy showed nodules and fibrous septa with effacement of lobular architecture in Hematoxylin-Eosin (Figure 2) and Masson's trichrome (Figure 3) stains.
whoever said effacement was all or nothing was wrong-- night effaces