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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
n.

1640s, from French imbrication, from Latin imbricare "to cover with tiles," from imbricem (nominative imbrex) "curved roof tile used to draw off rain," from imber (genitive imbris) "rain," from PIE *ombh-ro- "rain" (cf. Sanskrit abhra "cloud, thunder-cloud, rainy weather," Greek ombros "rain"), from root *nebh- "moist, water" (see nebula).

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