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imbrication

[im-bri-key-shuh n] /ˌɪm brɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an overlapping, as of tiles or shingles.
2.
a decoration or pattern resembling this.
3.
Surgery. overlapping of layers of tissue in the closure of wounds or in the correction of defects.
4.
Geology, shingling.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; imbricate + -ion
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Examples for imbrication
  • There are several tailoring techniques, eg, ureteral imbrication or excisional tapering.
Word Origin and History for imbrication
imbrication
1650, from Fr. imbrication, from L. imbricare "to cover with tiles," from imbricem (nom. imbrex) "curved roof tile used to draw off rain," from imber (gen. imbris) "rain," from PIE *mbh- (cf. Skt. abhra "cloud, thunder-cloud, rainy weather," Gk. ombros "rain"), from base *nebh- "moist, water" (see nebula).
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