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   The anterior portion of the head that includes the skin, muscles, and structures of the forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and jaw.


The front, as opposed to the posterior. The anterior surface of the heart is toward the breast bone (the sternum).

Skin is an organ of the integumentary system; which is composed of a layer of tissues that protect underlying muscles and organs. Skin is used for insulation, vitamin D production, sensation, and excretion (through sweat).

The part of the face above the eyes.



The large family of plants characterized by pods. Some are edible and some cause LATHYRISM; or FAVISM; and other forms of poisoning. Other species yield useful materials like gums from ACACIA and various lectins like PHYTOHEMAGGLUTININ from PHASEOLUS. Many of them harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria on their roots.

Fab Immunoglobulins
Antigen-binding fragments composed of one entire light chain and about half of one of the heavy chains, linked to each other by disulfide bonds. Fab contains the antigen binding site which is part of the variable region of the immunoglobulin molecule.

Face Peeling, Chemical
Application of a cauterant to the skin for the purpose of causing a superficial destruction of the epidermis and upper layers of the dermis. After healing, the treated area has new epithelium.

Face Lifts
Plastic surgery performed, usually by excision of skin, for the elimination of wrinkles from the skin.

Face Fly
A family of the order DIPTERA with over 700 species. Important species that may be mechanical vectors of disease include Musca domesticus (HOUSEFLIES), Musca autumnalis (face fly), Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly), Haematobia irritans (horn fly) and Fannia spp.


Facial Bone
The facial skeleton, consisting of bones situated between the cranial base and the mandibular region. While some consider the facial bones to comprise the hyoid, palatine, and zygomatic bones, mandible, and maxilla, others include also the lacrimal and nasal bones, inferior nasal concha, and vomer but exclude the hyoid bone. (Jablonski, Dictionary of Dentistry, 1992, p113)

Facial Asymmetry
Congenital or acquired asymmetry of the face.

Facet Joints
The joint that occurs between facets of the interior and superior articular processes of adjacent vertebra.

Facial Muscles
Muscles of facial expression or mimetic muscles that include the numerous muscles supplied by the facial nerve that are attached to and move the skin of the face. (From Stedman, 25th ed)

Facial Injury
General or unspecified injuries to the soft tissue or bony portions of the face.

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