plaque

noun
\ ˈplak \

Definition of plaque

1a : an ornamental brooch especially : the badge of an honorary order
b : a flat thin piece (as of metal) used for decoration
c : a commemorative or identifying inscribed tablet
2a : a localized abnormal patch on a body part or surface
b : a sticky usually colorless film on teeth that is formed by and harbors bacteria
c : an atherosclerotic lesion
d : a histopathologic lesion of brain tissue that is characteristic of Alzheimer's disease and consists of a dense proteinaceous core composed primarily of beta-amyloid that is often surrounded and infiltrated by a cluster of degenerating axons and dendrites
3 : a clear area in a bacterial culture produced by viral destruction of cells

Examples of plaque in a Sentence

A bronze plaque marked the city's oldest building. They gave him a plaque in honor of his 30 years of service. Brushing your teeth prevents the buildup of plaque. The scientists are studying the way the plaques form.
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With coronary artery disease, plaque builds up and narrows the arteries, and in turn, interferes with blood flow to the heart, as the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Healthy, Experienced Runner Had a Heart Attack During the New York City Marathon," 10 Dec. 2018 Cappellini says the proteins in those men’s dental plaque reflect more of a predisposition toward good health than those of their neighbors. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed," 25 Nov. 2018 James Bell received a plaque in recognition of his outstanding leadership. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Glenwood Lions Club recognizes police and fire heroes [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]," 12 July 2018 The definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease requires that there be an overabundance in the brain of two proteins: beta amyloid plaques and tau neurofibrillary tangles. Denise C. Park, sandiegouniontribune.com, "5 myths about Alzheimer's disease," 18 June 2018 Her work on the preclinical phase over the last decade has led to a new biological definition of Alzheimer’s: one based on the buildup of amyloid plaques and tau tangles, as identified by PET scans and other biomarkers. Joshua Kendall, BostonGlobe.com, "Can this doctor figure out how to stop Alzheimer’s before it starts?," 11 June 2018 Each month, a top salesperson is recognized in a storewide meeting, and is presented with a bonus, plaque and social media along with a parking spot. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 Horses are also a common motif in decorative bone plaques and stone mace-heads from sites in the area. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Tracing how horse domestication turned the Eurasian Steppe into a highway," 11 May 2018 Firestone said all members who hit a hole-in-one receive a red jacket, a plaque and 25 drink tickets, among other things. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Meridian Hills Country Club experiences four straight days of hole-in-ones," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of plaque

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for plaque

French, from Middle French, metal sheet, from plaquer to plate, from Middle Dutch placken to piece, patch; akin to Middle Dutch placke piece, Middle High German placke patch

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plaque

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plaque

: a flat, thin piece of metal or wood with writing on it that is used especially as a reminder of something (such as a historic event or an achievement)

: a thin coating that forms on teeth and contains bacteria

medical : a change in brain tissue that occurs in Alzheimer's disease

plaque

noun
\ ˈplak \

Kids Definition of plaque

1 : a flat thin piece (as of metal) with writing on it that serves as a memorial of something
2 : a sticky usually colorless thin film on the teeth that is formed by and contains bacteria

plaque

noun
variants: also placque \ ˈplak \

Medical Definition of plaque

1a : a localized abnormal patch on a body part or surface and especially on the skin psoriatic plaque
b : a sticky usually colorless film on teeth that is formed by and harbors bacteria
c : an atherosclerotic lesion
d : a histopathologic lesion of brain tissue that is characteristic of Alzheimer's disease and consists of a dense proteinaceous core composed primarily of beta-amyloid that is often surrounded and infiltrated by a cluster of degenerating axons and dendrites

called also senile plaque

2 : a visibly distinct and especially a clear or opaque area in a bacterial culture produced by damage to or destruction of cells by a virus

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