plicate

adjective
pli·cate | \ ˈplī-ˌkāt \

Definition of plicate 

1 : folded lengthwise like a fan a plicate leaf

2 : having the surface thrown up into or marked with parallel ridges plicate wing cases

First Known Use of plicate

circa 1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plicate

Latin plicatus, past participle of plicare

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The first known use of plicate was circa 1760

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plicate

transitive verb
pli·cate | \ ˈplī-ˌkāt \
plicated; plicating

Medical Definition of plicate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to perform plication on the vein graft was then plicated by means of…sutures placed about 2 mm. apartJournal of the American Medical Association

plicate

adjective
variants: or plicated \-ˌkāt-əd \

Medical Definition of plicate (Entry 2 of 2)

: being folded, tucked, or ridged especially like a fan

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