pli·​ca·​tion plī-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce plication (audio)
: the act or process of folding : the state of being folded
: fold

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There is a plication procedure and there are procedures to incise the plaque out. Jeff Forward, Chron, 23 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Middle English plicacioun, borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French plicacion, borrowed from Medieval Latin plicātiōn-, plicātiō, from Latin plicāre "to fold, bend" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at ply entry 3

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plication was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Plication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


pli·​ca·​tion plī-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce plication (audio)
: the tightening of stretched or weakened bodily tissues or channels by folding the excess in tucks and suturing
plication of the neck of the bladder
: the folding of one part on and the fastening of it to another (as areas of the bowel freed from adhesions and left without normal serosal covering)
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