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Related to plica: Plica Syndrome, Plica fimbriata


n. pl. pli·cae (plī′sē, -kē)
A fold or ridge, as of skin, membrane, or shell.

[Medieval Latin, fold, from Latin plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

pli′cal adj.


n, pl plicae (ˈplaɪsiː)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy Also called: fold a folding over of parts, such as a fold of skin, muscle, peritoneum, etc
2. (Pathology) 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]
ˈplical adj


(ˈplaɪ kə)

n., pl. pli•cae (ˈplaɪ si, -ki)
a fold, as of a mucous membrane.
[1675–85; < Medieval Latin: a fold, n. derivative of Latin plicāre to fold]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plica - a folded part (as in skin or muscle)
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
epicanthic fold, epicanthus - a vertical fold of skin over the nasal canthus; normal for Mongolian peoples; sometimes occurs in Down's syndrome
plica vocalis, vocal band, vocal cord, vocal fold - either of two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the larynx
ruga - (anatomy) a fold or wrinkle or crease; "rugae of the stomach"
tentorium - (anatomy) a fold of dura mater that covers the cerebellum and supports the occipital lobes of the cerebrum


A line or an arrangement made by the doubling of one part over another:
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The plica semilunaris is thought to be the remains of a nictitating membrane or third eyelid (from the Latin nictare, meaning blink).
Key words: Procyon lotor, Didelphis virginiana, Mephitis mephitis, Arthrocephalus lotoris, Baylisascaris procyonis, Capillaria plica, Mesocestoides, Oochoristica, Physaloptera maxillaris, Physaloptera turgida, Plagiorchis elegans, Plagiorhynchus cylindraceus, helminth parasites, Nebraska
In humans, a vestigial remnant of the nictitating membrane is the plica semilunaris on the inside corner of the eye.
But I am a dancer, and thus my latest trial was not to be by fire, precipitous mountain, or clustered spike; mine was a trial by plica.
Female: GENITAL CAPSULE: abdominal sternite VII with plica triangular, wide, reaching anterior border of sternite; fissura not clearly evident; gonocoxae I squarish, enlarged dorso-ventrally; paratergite VIII nearly triangular, apically rounded; paratergite IX square, medium-sized, apically rounded.
trispinosus Chelydra serpentina Stomach, and others Intestine Capillaria plica Procyon lotor Urinary Bladder Citellinema Sciurus carolinensis Intestine bifurcatum C.
1,2) These lesions most commonly arise in the bulbar conjunctiva, caruncle, or plica semilunaris.