- to stop up; close.
- 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
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The obturation being incomplete, it may be impossible by palpation to decide that thrombosis really exists.Lameness of the Horse
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The obturation is a modification of the De Bange system, proposed by Vavasseur.
- (tr) to stop up (an opening, esp the breech of a gun)
C17: from Latin obtūrāre to block up, of obscure origin
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- To close or obstruct.
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