[ 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.

Words nearby plication

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. 2020

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
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Medical 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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