Definition of plica polonica in English:

plica polonica


historical Medicine
  • A matted condition of the hair, generally associated with poor hygiene and pediculosis.


plica polonica

/ˌplɪkə pəˈlɒnɪkə/ /ˌplʌɪkə pəˈlɒnɪkə/


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Alexander Ross (1591–1654), Church of England clergyman and writer on philosophy. From post-classical Latin Plica Polonica from plica + Polonica, feminine singular of Polonicus Polish (from Polonia Poland + classical Latin -icus).