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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Effacing'

Effacing Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Efface \Ef*face"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Effaced; p. pr. & vb. n. Effacing.] [F. effacer; pref. es- (L. ex) + face face; prop., to destroy the face or form. See Face, and cf. Deface.]
  1. To cause to disappear (as anything impresses or inscribed upon a surface) by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible; as, to efface the letters on a monument, or the inscription on a coin.
  2. To destroy, as a mental impression; to wear away. Efface from his mind the theories and notions vulgarly received. --Bacon. Syn: To blot out; expunge; erase; obliterate; cancel; destroy. -- Efface, Deface. To deface is to injure or impair a figure; to efface is to rub out or destroy, so as to render invisible.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Effacing'

Effacement is the shortening, or thinning, of a tissue.

It can refer to cervical effacement. It can also refer to a process occurring in podocytes.

In histopathology, it refers to the near obliteration of a tissue, as in the normal parenchyma of tissues in the case of some cancers.

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