[ adjective plahy-keyt, -kit; verb plahy-keyt ]
/ adjective ˈplaɪ keɪt, -kɪt; verb ˈplaɪ keɪt /
Also pli·cat·ed. folded like a fan; pleated.
verb (used with object), pli·cat·ed, pli·cat·ing.
Surgery. to perform plication on.
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Words nearby plicate
OTHER WORDS FROM plicatepli·cate·ly, adverbpli·cate·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for plicating
/ (ˈplaɪkeɪt) /
having or arranged in parallel folds or ridges; pleateda plicate leaf; plicate rock strata
Derived forms of plicateplicately, adverbplicateness, noun
Word Origin for plicate
C18: from Latin plicātus folded, from plicāre to fold
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Medical definitions for plicating
[ plī′kāt′ ]
Arranged in folds like those of a fan; pleated.
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