occlude

verb oc·clude \ ə-ˈklüd , ä- \

Definition of occlude

occluded; occluding
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

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

occlude Synonyms

Synonyms
block, choke, clot, congest, dam, gum (up), jam, obstruct, clog, plug (up), stop (up), stuff
Antonyms
clear, free, open (up), unblock, unclog, unplug, unstop
Related Words
bung, cork, spile, stopper, stopple; fill, gridlock, pack; fur, silt; flood, glut, inundate, overwhelm, swamp
Near Antonyms
excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out); empty, lighten

Medical Dictionary

occlude

verb oc·clude \ ə-ˈklüd, ä- \

medical Definition of occlude

occluded; occluding
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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