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Mona Lisa headcrop.jpg
A human face (Mona Lisa)
Latin facia/facies
MeSH Face
The face perception mechanisms of the brain, such as the fusiform face area, produce often facial pareidolias such as these faces in Mars.

The term face refers to the central sense organ complex, for those animals that have one, normally on the ventral surface of the head, and can depending on the definition in the human case, include the hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, philtrum, teeth, skin, and chin.[1] The face has uses of expression, appearance, and identity amongst others. It also has different senses like olfaction, taste, hearing, and vision. [2]


Individuality and recognition

The face is the feature which best distinguishes a person, and there are "special" regions of the human brain, such as the fusiform face area (FFA), which when damaged prevent the recognition of the faces of even intimate family members. The pattern of specific organs such as the eyes or parts thereof are used in biometric identification to uniquely identify individuals.


By extension, anything which is the forward or world facing part of a system which has internal structure is considered its "face", like the façade of a building. For example a public relations or press officer might be called the "face" of the organization he or she represents. "Face" also refers to reputation or standing in society, particularly Chinese society and is spoken of as a resource which can be won or lost. Because of the association with individuality the anonymous is sometimes called the "faceless".

Plastic surgery

Cosmetic surgery can be used to alter the appearance of the facial features. [3] Plastic surgery may also be used in cases of facial trauma, injury to the face. Severely disfigured individuals have recently received full face transplants.


Caricatures often exaggerate facial features to make a face more easily recognized in association with a pronounced portion of the face of the individual in question—for example, a caricature of Osama bin Laden might focus on his facial hair and nose; a caricature of George W. Bush might enlarge his ears to the size of an elephant's; a caricature of Jay Leno may pronounce his head and chin; and a caricature of Mick Jagger might enlarge his lips. Exaggeration of memorable features helps people to recognize others when presented in a caricature form. [4]

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Face sometimes means simply presence, as when it is recorded that Adam and Eve hid themselves from the "face (R.V., 'presence') of the Lord God" (Gen 3:8; comp. Ex 33:14f, where the same Hebrew word is rendered "presence"). The "light of God's countenance" is his favour (Ps 443; Dan 9:17).

"Face" signifies also anger, justice, severity (Gen 16:6, Gen 16:8; Ex 2:15; Ps 681; Rev 6:16). To "provoke God to his face" (Isa 65:3) is to sin against him openly.

The Jews prayed with their faces toward the temple and Jerusalem (1 Kg 8:38, 1 Kg 8:44, 1 Kg 8:48; Dan 6:10).

To "see God's face" is to have access to him and to enjoy his favour (Ps 1715; Ps 278). This is the privilege of holy angels (Mt 18:10; Lk 1:19).

The "face of Jesus Christ" (2Cor 4:6) is the office and person of Christ, the revealer of the glory of God (Jn 1:14, Jn 1:18).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Simple English

The face is a part of the human body: the front of the head.

In the human case, include the hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyelash, eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, teeth, skin, and chin.

Other meanings

The "clock face" is the part of an analog clock (or watch) that displays the time.

The surface where the mining work is advancing called face.

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