fasci-, fascio-, fasc-, fascia-

(Latin: band, bandage; bundle, bunch; used in the extended sense of "pertaining to the fascia", a band or sheet of fibrous tissue providing a subcutaneous covering for various parts of the body)

fasciotomy (s) (noun), fasciotomies (pl)
A surgical operation to relieve pressures on muscles by making an incision in the connective tissues that surround them: Fasciotomy is usually performed to treat a painful condition in which a group of muscles are constricted with consequent obstructions of their blood flows.

The fasciotomy is also performed as a surgical emergency to treat a crushing injury in which the muscle group has swollen or there is bleeding into the muscle compartment that increases the pressure in it.

A fasciotomy may be combined with embolectomy (surgical removal of an obstructing blood clot) for the treatment of an acute arterial embolism.

planter fascititis (s) (noun), planter fascititises (pl)
Inflammation of the tissue which stretches from the heel bone to the base of the toes: Planter fascititises can be a result of localized tenderness and pain that is made worse when stepping down on the heels.

Planter fascititises may be caused by physical activity overloads or abnormal foot mechanics or to some disease that causes arthritis.

subcutaneous fascia (s) (noun), subcutaneous fasciae (pl)
Layers of connective tissues that cover the entire body between the skin and the deep fascial areas of the specialized structures of the body; such as, the muscles: The subcutaneous fasciae consist of an outer normally fatty layer and an inner thin elastic layer of superficial blood vessels and between the two layers there are nerves, lymphatics (small, thin channels that are similar to blood vessels and that collect and carriy tissue fluid from the body), the mammary glands, most of the facial muscles, and the platysma (muscle in the neck extending from the face to the shoulder bone).
subserous fascia (s) (noun), subserous fasciae (pl)
One of the three kinds of connective tissues that exist between the internal layer of deep fascia and the serous membranes lining the body cavities in much the same way as the subcutaneous fascia lies between the skin and the deep fascia: The subserous fasciae is thin in some sections of the body; such as, between the pleura (membrane around the lungs and inner walls of the chest) and the chest wall, and they are thick in other areas, where it forms a pad of adipose tissue where fat is stored.