[ plahy-key-shuh n, pli- ]
/ plaɪˈkeɪ ʃən, plɪ- /


the act or procedure of folding.
the state or quality of being folded; a fold.
  1. the folding in and suturing of tucks, so as to tighten weakened or stretched tissue.
  2. the folding of an organ, as a section of the intestine, and the attaching of it to another organ or tissue.

Nearby words

  1. pliantly,
  2. plica,
  3. plicae,
  4. plicate,
  5. plicately,
  6. plicature,
  7. plicotomy,
  8. plie,
  9. plier,
  10. pliers

Also plic·a·ture [plik-uh-cher] /ˈplɪk ə tʃər/.

Origin of plication

1375–1425; late Middle English plicacioun < Medieval Latin plicātiōn- (stem of plicātiō) a folding. See plicate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for plicature


plicature (ˈplɪkətʃə)

/ (plaɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the act of folding or the condition of being folded or plicate
a folded part or structure, esp a fold in a series of rock strata
surgery the act or process of suturing together the walls of a hollow organ or part to reduce its size
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for plicature


[ plī-kāshən ]


An operation for reducing the size of a hollow structure by taking folds or tucks in its walls.
The state of being folded.

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