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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 ?
We must efface the legend," said Pittrino, in a melancholy tone.
allow me to propose a remedy, to efface the shame, and to render it as if not done.
His one terror was to do anything which might efface the sound and impression of her words; his one thought, that he should never again feel quite alone.
I did not mean anything, I was only joking," he said, smiling shyly and trying to efface his offense.