plicate

[ adjective plahy-keyt, -kit; verb plahy-keyt ]
/ adjective ˈplaɪ keɪt, -kɪt; verb ˈplaɪ keɪt /

adjective

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

Origin of plicate

1690–1700; < Latin plicātus, past participle of plicāre to fold, ply2; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM plicate

pli·cate·ly, adverbpli·cate·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for plicating

plicate

plicated

/ (ˈplaɪkeɪt) /

adjective

having or arranged in parallel folds or ridges; pleateda plicate leaf; plicate rock strata

Derived forms of plicate

plicately, adverbplicateness, noun

Word Origin for plicate

C18: from Latin plicātus folded, from plicāre to fold
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Medical definitions for plicating

plicate
[ plīkāt′ ]

adj.

Arranged in folds like those of a fan; pleated.
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