efface

(redirected from effaced)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

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 periodicals archive ?
She was 6 cm dilated, 90% effaced, but the baby was still at-3 station.
In thus celebrating change and diversity, the popular press effaced what Fritzsche, following Walter Benjamin, calls the "paradox of modernism," that is, the blurring of the "ever-different" into the "ever-same," the slipping of"fabulous alternation" into "endless iteration.
If for only a few moments I can be a tele-spectator--part consumer, part viewer, part lover, part writer, part professor, the sum of which may be greater than the pastiche of the whole--I can quickly, before I am relegated back to the perpetual ignominy of an effaced persona, ponder the issue of postmodernism as related to the construction of the viewing/consuming subject and my nephews.
This position is further reinforced by the recent work of cultural materialists who argue that subversive potential is facilitated by the inherent contradictions that are a part of the political mythology the dominant culture perpetuates in order to justify its own ascendancy, albeit these contradictions are normally effaced by the ideological apparatus of the society.
Kerrigan, the daughter of a welder who had to work several jobs to support her skating, had her class background either effaced or elevated, as when Newsweek described her as "the twenty-four-year-old beauty from a middle-class Boston suburb.
The graven letters on her pavilion's architrave, identifying the structure as "France," are all but effaced by a neon inscription reading "Casino"--effectively reclassifying the French pavilion as a topical hybrid between the European haute bourgeoisie's classical site of compulsive gambling and, more contemporaneously, an outpost of one of France's more powerful supermarket chains.
Inscriptions such as orate pro nobis were effaced as encouraging superstitious acts of intercession and prayer for the dead.
But the two bits of, as it were, effaced information--ONE THING and VIET-NAM--and their associations (literality and primacy in the first instance; napalm, self-immolating Buddhist monks, and a lying Texan president in the second) remained as traces of Kawara's earliest work, altering the impression conveyed by the later date paintings, which made up the rest of the show.