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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.
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Shigella, Salmonella, Cholera, Yersinia, and even some plant pathogens have genes for attaching to and effacing intestinal cells.
33) Geary's emphasis on dissonance underscores his wish to avoid effacing the unique features of early medieval Europe by ignoring the messiness that results from cultural interaction and change over time.
If certain photographs are the basis for collective memory, can effacing these images free us from the grasp of history?
coli (EPEC), a leading cause of infant diarrhea in developing countries, the ability to induce the attaching and effacing effect on host cells.
Eggert traces the conjunction of female authority and poetic "ravishment" through Spenser's Faerie Queene, reading the dramatic shift in genre between fantastical romance and historical allegory in Book V as Spenser's strategy for effacing the female authority constitutive of the experimental poetic fantasy in which his poem indulges beginning in Book III.
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Good design is endlessly self effacing," Tufte said.
The "white man" defines his actions abroad as portending "the Light of Day," while effacing society's hypocritical treatment of minorities at home.