The thinning of the cervix which occurs before and while it dilates.
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The thinning out of the cervix just before or during labor.

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ef·face·ment i-'fās-mənt, e- n obliteration of the uterine cervix by shortening and softening during labor so that only the external orifice remains
ef·face -'fās vt, ef·faced; ef·fac·ing

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ef·face·ment (ə-fāsґmənt) the taking up or obliteration of the cervix in labor when it is so changed that only the thin external os remains.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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