[ ob-tuh-reyt, -tyuh- ]
/ ˈɒb təˌreɪt, -tyə- /
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verb (used with object), ob·tu·rat·ed, ob·tu·rat·ing.
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.
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Origin of obturate
1550–60; <Latin obtūrātus, past participle of obtūrāre to block, stop up
OTHER WORDS FROM obturateob·tu·ra·tion, nounob·tu·ra·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obturate
/ (ˈɒbtjʊəˌreɪt) /
(tr) to stop up (an opening, esp the breech of a gun)
Derived forms of obturateobturation, nounobturator, noun
Word Origin for obturate
C17: from Latin obtūrāre to block up, of obscure origin
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Medical definitions for obturate
[ ŏb′tə-rāt′ ]
To close or obstruct.
Other words from obturateob′tu•ra′tion n.
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