noun, plural plicae [plahy-see, -kee] .
Zoology, Anatomy. a fold or folding.
Also called plica polonica [puh-lon-i-kuh] . Pathology. a matted, filthy condition of the hair, caused by disease, vermin, etc.
(in medieval music) a vertical mark attached to a neume, standing for an interpolated melodic ornament.

1675–85; < Medieval Latin: a fold, back formation from Latin plicāre to fold, ply2

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plica (ˈplaɪkə)
n , pl plicae
1.  anatomy Also called: fold a folding over of parts, such as a fold of skin, muscle, peritoneum, etc
2.  pathol a condition of the hair characterized by matting, filth, and the presence of parasites
[C17: from Medieval Latin: a fold, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply²]

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plica pli·ca (plī'kə)
n. pl. pli·cae (-kē)

  1. A fold or ridge, as of skin or membrane.

  2. See false membrane.

pli'cal adj.
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