obturator

noun ob·tu·ra·tor \ ˈäb-tyə-ˌrā-tər , -tə- \

Definition of obturator

: something (such as a prosthetic device) that closes or blocks up an opening (such as a fissure in the palate)

Origin and Etymology of obturator

New Latin, from Latin obturare


Medical Dictionary

obturator

noun ob·tu·ra·tor \ ˈäb-t(y)ə-ˌrāt-ər \

medical Definition of obturator

1 a : either of two muscles arising from the obturator membrane and adjacent bony surfaces:
2 a : a prosthetic device that closes or blocks up an opening (as a fissure in the palate)
b : a device that blocks the opening of an instrument (as a sigmoidoscope) that is being introduced into the body

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