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 (fā′shē-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 Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -cies
1. (Biology) the general form and appearance of an individual or a group of plants or animals
2. (Geological Science) the characteristics of a rock or series of rocks reflecting their appearance, composition, and conditions of formation
3. (Medicine) med the general facial expression of a patient, esp when typical of a specific disease or disorder. See Hippocratic facies
[C17: from Latin: appearance, face]


(ˈfeɪ ʃiˌiz, -ʃiz)

n., pl. fa•ci•es.
1. general appearance, as of an animal or vegetable group.
2. the appearance and characteristics of a rock formation, esp. as differentiated from contiguous deposits.
3. a facial expression characteristic of a pathological condition.
4. a distinctive phase of a prehistoric cultural tradition.
[1680–1690; < Latin: form, figure, appearance, face, akin to facere to make]


Features of the appearance or composition of a rock representing a local environment.
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"Put on Your Parky Face: Masked Facies in Parkinson's Disease" is a memoir for Bill Schmalfeldt facing his own troubles with Parkinson's disease, as he struggled to get the diagnosis so he could get the help, he's critical of the lack of diagnosis that many across the country could be facing.
Cardinal Manifestations Tremor Rigidity Bradykinesia Postural instability Secondary Manifestations Incoordination Micrographia Blurred vision Impaired upward gaze Blepharospasm Glabellar reflex Dysarthria Dysphagia reflex Sialorrhea Masked facies Hand and foot deformities Dystonia Edema Scoliosis Kyphosis Pain and sensory symptoms Seborrhea Constipation Urinary urgency, hesitancy, and frequency Loss of libido Impotence Freezing Dementia Depression From Stern MB, Hurtig HI, eds.
Patients with OPCA will commonly present with many parkinsonian signs and symptoms, including rigidity, resting tremor, bradykinesia, masked facies, and shuffling gait, all of which may mask subtle signs of cerebellar degeneration.