fascia


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fascia \Fas"ci*a\, n.; pl. Fasci[ae]. [L., a band: cf. It.
   fascia. See Fasces, and cf. Fess.]
   1. A band, sash, or fillet; especially, in surgery, a bandage
      or roller.
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   2. (Arch.) A flat member of an order or building, like a flat
      band or broad fillet; especially, one of the three bands
      which make up the architrave, in the Ionic order. See
      Illust. of Column.
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   3. (Anat.) The layer of loose tissue, often containing fat,
      immediately beneath the skin; the stronger layer of
      connective tissue covering and investing all muscles; an
      aponeurosis.
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   4. (Zool.) A broad well-defined band of color.
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