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[adjective plahy-keyt, -kit; verb plahy-keyt]
  1. Also pli·cat·ed. folded like a fan; pleated.
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verb (used with object), pli·cat·ed, pli·cat·ing.
  1. Surgery. to perform plication on.
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Origin of plicate

1690–1700; < Latin plicātus, past participle of plicāre to fold, ply2; see -ate1
Related formspli·cate·ly, adverbpli·cate·ness, noun
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Related Words for plicating

increase, grow, curl, crimp, knit, bend, tuck, repeat, augment, magnify, pleat, enlarge, plait, dupe, fold, duplicate, supplement, redouble, multiply, replicate

British Dictionary definitions for plicating



  1. having or arranged in parallel folds or ridges; pleateda plicate leaf; plicate rock strata
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Derived Formsplicately, adverbplicateness, noun

Word Origin for plicate

C18: from Latin plicātus folded, from plicāre to fold
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plicating in Medicine


  1. Arranged in folds like those of a fan; pleated.
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