oc·​clu·​sive | \ ə-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce occlusive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of occlusive

1 : serving to occlude
2 : characterized by occlusion

Examples of occlusive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fresh and fun, this fragrance carefully layers multiple soft notes to craft the perfect summer scent without being occlusive. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Anyone who has spent time lathering their body with lotion only for their skin to feel dry and tight shortly after might benefit from the occlusive powers of body oil. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 21 Apr. 2022 To help combat hydration loss, effective hand creams contain moisturizing ingredients with occlusive properties, since those will help seal moisture into your skin. SELF, 23 Feb. 2022 Apply the occlusive ointment all over the face or in dry areas. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 16 Feb. 2022 Plus, thanks to their emollient and occlusive properties, body butters are a great choice for people with exceptionally dry skin. Lauren Dana, Glamour, 15 Feb. 2022 Facial oils are known to provide not only a surge of hydration but also an occlusive barrier that locks in moisture. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2022 Slugging entails applying an occlusive layer — traditionally balms like Aquaphor or Vaseline, which contain petroleum — as the final step of the skin-care regimen before bed. Jessica Ourisman, Allure, 11 Feb. 2022 These highly technical patches often contain large quantities of fentanyl in a membrane, and are applied with adhesive and occlusive dressing. Seamus Mcavoy, courant.com, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of occlusive

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for occlusive

Latin occlusus, past participle of occludere

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“Occlusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occlusive. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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oc·​clu·​sive | \ -siv How to pronounce occlusive (audio) \

Medical Definition of occlusive

: causing or characterized by occlusion occlusive arterial disease

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