pli·​cate ˈplī-ˌkāt How to pronounce plicate (audio)
: folded lengthwise like a fan
a plicate leaf
: having the surface thrown up into or marked with parallel ridges
plicate wing cases

Word History


borrowed from Latin plicātus "folded," past participle of plicāre "to fold, bend" — more at ply entry 3

First Known Use

circa 1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plicate was circa 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Plicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 transitive verb
pli·​cate ˈplī-ˌkāt How to pronounce plicate (audio)
plicated; plicating
: to perform plication on
the vein graft was then plicated by means of … sutures placed about 2 mm. apartThe Journal of the American Medical Association


2 of 2 adjective
variants or plicated
: being folded, tucked, or ridged especially like a fan
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