facies: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (fā'shē-ēz", -shēz), [key]
— pl. fa•ci•es.
- general appearance, as of an animal or vegetable group.
- the appearance and characteristics of a sedimentary deposit, esp. as they reflect the conditions and environment of deposition and serve to distinguish the deposit from contiguous deposits. Cf. metamorphic facies.
- a facial expression characteristic of a disease or pathological condition.
- a distinctive phase of a prehistoric cultural tradition.