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obturate

[ob-tuh-reyt, -tyuh-]
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verb (used with object), ob·tu·rat·ed, ob·tu·rat·ing.
  1. to stop up; close.
  2. Ordnance. to close (a hole or cavity) so as to prevent a flow of gas through it, especially the escape of explosive gas from a gun tube during firing.

Origin of obturate

1550–60; < Latin obtūrātus, past participle of obtūrāre to block, stop up
Related formsob·tu·ra·tion, nounob·tu·ra·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obturate

obturate

verb
  1. (tr) to stop up (an opening, esp the breech of a gun)
Derived Formsobturation, nounobturator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin obtūrāre to block up, of obscure origin
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obturate in Medicine

obturate

([object Object])
v.
  1. To close or obstruct.
Related formsob′tu•ration n.
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