obturator

noun
ob·​tu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈäb-tyə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce obturator (audio) , -tə- \

Definition of obturator

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

First Known Use of obturator

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obturator

New Latin, from Latin obturare

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The first known use of obturator was circa 1741

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“Obturator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obturator. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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obturator

noun
ob·​tu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈäb-t(y)ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce obturator (audio) \

Medical Definition of obturator

1a : either of two muscles arising from the obturator membrane and adjacent bony surfaces:
2a : 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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