occlude


oc·clude

verb \ə-ˈklüd, ä-\
oc·clud·edoc·clud·ing

Definition of OCCLUDE

transitive verb
1
:  to close up or block off :  obstruct <a thrombus occluding a coronary artery>; also :  conceal
2
:  sorb
intransitive verb
1
:  to come into contact with cusps of the opposing teeth fitting together <his teeth do not occlude properly>
2
:  to become occluded

Examples of OCCLUDE

  1. <a blood clot had occluded a major artery in his body>

Origin of OCCLUDE

Latin occludere, from ob- in the way + claudere to shut, close — more at close
First Known Use: 1597

oc·clude

verb \ə-ˈklüd, ä-\   (Medical Dictionary)
oc·clud·edoc·clud·ing

Medical Definition of OCCLUDE

transitive verb
1
: to close up or block off : obstruct <a thrombus occluding a coronary artery>
2
: to bring (upper and lower teeth) into occlusion
3
: to take in and retain (a substance) in the interior rather than on an external surface : sorb <proteins in precipitating may occlude alcohol>
intransitive verb
1
: to come into contact with cusps of the opposing teeth fitting together <his teeth do not occlude properly>
2
: to become occluded

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