occlude

verb
oc·​clude | \ ə-ˈklüd How to pronounce occlude (audio) , ä-\
occluded; occluding

Definition of occlude

transitive verb

1 : to close up or block off : obstruct a thrombus occluding a coronary artery also : conceal cosmetics that occlude pores
2 : sorb Palladium occludes large volumes of hydrogen.

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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Examples of occlude in a Sentence

a blood clot had occluded a major artery in his body

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Their smaller size means that planets occlude a relatively larger fraction of the light from the star, making them easier to spot. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Get ready for a flood of new exoplanets: TESS has already spotted two," 21 Sep. 2018 This is a major problem in strawberry fields and apple and peach orchards, where fruits are easily bruised and can often be occluded by leaves. Jennifer Strong And Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Robots Head for the Fields," 1 Oct. 2018 By removing inhibitions and consequences, the park holds a mirror up to our faces, revealing truths that are otherwise occluded by society's programming. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 By removing inhibitions and consequences, the park holds a mirror up to our faces, revealing truths that are otherwise occluded by society's programming. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 By removing inhibitions and consequences, the park holds a mirror up to our faces, revealing truths that are otherwise occluded by society's programming. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 By removing inhibitions and consequences, the park holds a mirror up to our faces, revealing truths that are otherwise occluded by society's programming. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 By removing inhibitions and consequences, the park holds a mirror up to our faces, revealing truths that are otherwise occluded by society's programming. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018 By removing inhibitions and consequences, the park holds a mirror up to our faces, revealing truths that are otherwise occluded by society's programming. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of occlude

1581, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for occlude

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

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occision

Occitan

Occleve

occlude

occluded front

occludent

occlus-

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occlude

verb
oc·​clude | \ ə-ˈklüd, ä- How to pronounce occlude (audio) \
occluded; occluding

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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