1. A set of tiles or shingles that overlap like the scales of a fish.
  2. (medicine) Overlapping of layers of tissue in wound closure or correctional surgery.
    • 2009, Joseph Niamtu, Face-lifts, Michael S. Kaminer, Kenneth A. Arndt, Jeffrey S. Dover, Thomas E. Rohrer, Christopher B. Xachary (editors), Atlas of Cosmetic Surgery, Elsevier (Saunders), 2nd Edition, page 528 ↗,
      Superficial muscular aponeurotic system flaps or SMASectomies are considered imbrications in this chapter. SMAS tightening is probably a more accurate description with 'open' SMAS techniques referring to imbrication and 'closed' SMAS techniques referring to plication.
  3. (geology) A sedimentary deposition in which small, flat stones are tiled in the same direction so that they overlap.
    • 1991, D. L. Southwick, G. B. Morey, Tectonic Imbrication and Foredeep Development in the Penokean Orogen, East-Central Minnesota — An Interpretation Based on Regional Geophysics and the Results of Test-Drilling, US Geological Society, Bulletin 1904 C, page C7 ↗,
      The Archean basement beyond and beneath the northwest flanks of the turbidite basins constitutes the cratonic foreland against which northwest-directed tectonic imbrication is thought to have occurred.
  4. (linguistics) A phenomenon occurring in many Bantu languages in which morphemes interweave in certain morphophonological conditions.
    • 2014, Sharon Inkelas, The Interplay of Morphology and Phonology, Oxford University Press, page 358 ↗,
      The Kiyaka perfective, applicative, and causative suffixes display an unusual type of infixation known in the Bantu literature as “imbrication” (see e.g. the discussion of imbrication in Tiene in chapters 4 and 6).
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