Definition of Effacement in English :

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Effacement meaning in English

Meaning of Effacement in English

Pronunciation of Effacement in English

Effacement pronunciation in English

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1. effacement

shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor

2. effacement, self-effacement

withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous

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verb (transitive)
to obliterate or make dim
to efface a memory
to make (oneself) inconspicuous or humble through modesty, cowardice, or obsequiousness
to rub out (a line, drawing, etc); erase

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verb transitiveWord forms: efˈfaced or efˈfacing
to rub out, as from a surface; erase; wipe out; obliterate
time effaced the memory
to make (oneself) inconspicuous; withdraw (oneself) from notice

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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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.

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