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Noun: effacement  e'feys-munt
  1. Shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labour
  2. Withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous
    - self-effacement

Derived forms: effacements

Type of: biological process, organic process, withdrawal

Part of: childbed [archaic], confinement, labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], lying-in, parturiency, travail [literary]

Encyclopedia: Effacement