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occlude

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verb oc·clude \ə-ˈklüd, ä-\

Definition of occlude

oc·clud·edoc·clud·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to close up or block off :  obstruct <a thrombus occluding a coronary artery>; also :  conceal

  3. 2 :  sorb

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to come into contact with cusps of the opposing teeth fitting together <his teeth do not occlude properly>

  6. 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


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occlude

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verb oc·clude \ə-ˈklüd, ä-\

Medical Definition of occlude

oc·clud·edoc·clud·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to close up or block off :  obstruct <a thrombus occluding a coronary artery>

  3. 2:  to bring (upper and lower teeth) into occlusion

  4. 3:  to take in and retain (a substance) in the interior rather than on an external surface :  sorb <proteins in precipitating may occlude alcohol>

  5. intransitive verb

  6. 1:  to come into contact with cusps of the opposing teeth fitting together <his teeth do not occlude properly>

  7. 2:  to become occluded




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