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efface

(ĭ-fās′)
v. ef·faced, ef·facing, ef·faces
v.tr.
Medicine To cause to become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor: The cervix was effaced as the contractions continued.
v.intr.
Medicine To become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor. Used of the cervix.

ef·face′a·ble adj.
ef·face′ment n.
ef·fac′er n.
References in classic literature ?
Let us efface `Medici,' " said Pittrino, supplicatingly.
mountains, oil derricks efface prairies, highways are erased by mile
Le debut de semaine en cours a ete marque par un redressement pour le dinar tunisien qui efface une partie de ses pertes de la semaine derniere.
STARTING POSITION: Fifth position efface, right foot front; right arm holds the top corner of a chair; left arm is lowered into fifth en bas.
To take refuge in the absurd promise of mercy from God disrupts any totalizing schemas that efface what cannot be incorporated.
Funny how white America likes to deny and efface jazz and blues' once "low-life" brothel history, not to mention the contempt they once had for it.
Thus, in Him He was able to begin the history of redemption, because God has the power to efface sin.
He said: "Every effort must be made to efface all signs of occupation in every way".
Coleman questions Ellison's ardent belief that the "twoness" of the dyadic "African-American" can be reconciled when blacks embrace principles of democracy and individuality--that the "Negro's" inexorable "Americaness" will somehow efface the negativity inherently implied in "blackness.