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PKU a genetic disorder characterized by the inability to metabolize phenylaline, often causing mental retardation; phenylketonuria.
pkwy. (chiefly British) abbreviation of "parkway," a railway station, usu. with extensive parking facilities, serving suburban commuters. [2 definitions]
Pl. abbreviation of "Place."
pl. abbreviation of "plural."
placable capable of being pacified or appeased; forgiving or tolerant.
placard a poster, sign, or notice made to hang or be shown publicly. [3 definitions]
placate to calm down and make less angry, esp. by appeasement; conciliate; pacify.
placatory tending to or attempting to appease or calm.
place a certain area of space, such as that occupied by something. [21 definitions]
placeable combined form of place.
placebo an inert substance given to a patient as if it were a drug in order to placate or to serve as a control in an experiment. [2 definitions]
place card a small name card, used esp. at formal dinners, that is set at the place each guest is to occupy at a table.
place in the sun an advantageous or prominent position.
place kick in football, a kick made while the ball is held upright on the ground, as in a field-goal attempt or kickoff. (Cf. drop kick, punt1.)
placeless combined form of place.
place mat a mat, often decorative, used under a place setting at a meal to protect the table.
placement the act of placing or state of being placed; location. [2 definitions]
placenta an organ formed in the womb for supplying the fetus with nourishment. [2 definitions]
placer1 a naturally occurring accumulation of sand, gravel, or the like that contains precious metals or minerals. [2 definitions]
placer2 one that positions things or puts them in order. [2 definitions]
placer mining the mining of placer deposits by washing, dredging, or some other hydraulic method.