occlude

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verb oc·clude \ə-ˈklüd, ä-\

Definition of occlude

occluded

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occluding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to close up or block off :  obstruct a thrombus occluding a coronary artery; also :  conceal cosmetics that occlude pores

  3. 2 :  sorb Palladium occludes large volumes of hydrogen.

  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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of occlude

Latin occludere, from ob- in the way + claudere to shut, close — more at close


Medical Dictionary

occlude

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verb oc·clude \ə-ˈklüd, ä-\

Medical Definition of occlude

occluded

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occluding

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to close up or block off :  obstruct a thrombus occluding a coronary artery

  4. 2:  to bring (upper and lower teeth) into occlusion

  5. 3:  to take in and retain (a substance) in the interior rather than on an external surface :  sorb proteins in precipitating may occlude alcohol

  6. 1

  7. intransitive verb

  8. :  to come into contact with cusps of the opposing teeth fitting together his teeth do not occlude properly

  9. 2:  to become occluded



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