- 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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- 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
C17: from Medieval Latin: a fold, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply ²
- A fold or ridge, as of skin or membrane.
- false membrane
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