flexure vs plication what difference

what is difference between flexure and plication



From Latin flexura.


flexure (countable and uncountable, plural flexures)

  1. The act of bending or flexing; flexion.
  2. A turn; a bend; a fold; a curve.
    • British Quarterly Review
      varying with the flexures of the valley through which it meandered
  3. (anatomy) A curve or bend in a tubular organ.
  4. (zoology) The last joint, or bend, of the wing of a bird.
  5. (astronomy) The small distortion of an astronomical instrument caused by the weight of its parts; the amount to be added or subtracted from the observed readings of the instrument to correct them for this distortion.

Related terms

  • flex
  • flexural
  • flexion



  • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition (2000).




  1. vocative masculine singular of flexūrus



From Middle French plicacion, and its source, Latin plicatio.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /plɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


plication (countable and uncountable, plural plications)

  1. (now chiefly biology, geology) An act of folding. [from 15th c.]
  2. (now chiefly biology, geology) A fold or pleat. [from 18th c.]
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 96:
      But the recognition of nappes set out the research project: you need not simply throw up your hands in despair at perverse plications and ceaseless crenelations in the Alps.
  3. (surgery) A surgical procedure in which a body part is strengthened or shortened by pulling together folds of excess material, and suturing them into place. [from 20th c.]


  • plicature

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