noun, plural pli·cae [plahy-see, -kee] /ˈplaɪ si, -ki/.
Zoology, Anatomy. a fold or folding.
Also called pli·ca po·lon·i·ca [puh-lon-i-kuh] /pəˈlɒn ɪ kə/. Pathology. a matted, filthy condition of the hair, caused by disease, vermin, etc.
(in medieval music) a vertical mark attached to a neume, standing for an interpolated melodic ornament.
Origin of plica
1675–85; < Medieval Latin: a fold, back formation from Latin plicāre to fold, ply2
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Related Words for plicaelayer, convolution, pleat, corrugation, bend, cockle, gathering, ridge, overlap, ruck, crimp, ruffle, plication, ply, wrinkle, lap, furrow, circumvolution, gather, pucker
noun plural plicae (ˈplaɪsiː)
Also called: fold anatomy a folding over of parts, such as a fold of skin, muscle, peritoneum, etc
pathol a condition of the hair characterized by matting, filth, and the presence of parasites
Word Origin for plica
C17: from Medieval Latin: a fold, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply ²
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n. pl. pli•cae (-kē)
A fold or ridge, as of skin or membrane.
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