plication

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From Middle French plicacion, and its source, Latin plicatio.

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Noun[edit]

plication (plural plications)

  1. (now chiefly biology, geology) An act of folding. [from 15th c.]
  2. (now chiefly biology, geology) A fold or pleat. [from 18th c.]
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 96:
      But the recognition of nappes set out the research project: you need not simply throw up your hands in despair at perverse plications and ceaseless crenelations in the Alps.
  3. (medicine) A surgical procedure in which a body part is strengthened or shortened by pulling together folds of excess material, and suturing them into place. [from 20th c.]

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