One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fold or ridge of tissue.
- ‘Fibrosis of the tubal plicae was noticed in 35.5% of the specimens and was graded as mild, moderate, or severe.’
- ‘The alar plica or alar folds are prominent crescentic folds of synovial membrane, extending dorsalward on each side of the patella from the base of the infrapatellar synovial fold.’
- ‘The plesiomorphic condition in both adults and larvae of the lorica seems to be a thin lorica with many plicae.’
- ‘Commissure crenulated at intersection with plicae and nodes posteriorly.’
- ‘These commarginal lirae broadly tongue dorsally across plicae and ventrally across interspaces.’
- 1.1Botany A small lobe between the petals of a flower.
- ‘In addition the plicae/petal size relationship was of the Gentians sap onaria type.’
- ‘The Plica Triangularis extended into the right frontal lobe.’
- ‘Loxochlamys having 13-15 prominent radial rounded-trigonal plicae that begin early in ontogeny and remain of moderate height throughout ontogeny.’
A densely matted condition of the hair.
- ‘Diseased hairshafts are likely to be more susceptible to Plica polonica.’
- ‘It has been suggested that Plica Polonica may be associated with damage to sections of the cuticle.’
Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from medieval Latin, ‘fold’, from plicare ‘to fold’.
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