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obturate

[ ob-tuh-reyt, -tyuh- ]
/ 藞蓲b t蓹藢re瑟t, -ty蓹- /
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verb (used with object), ob路tu路rat路ed, ob路tu路rat路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鈥60; <Latin obt奴r膩tus, past participle of obt奴r膩re to block, stop up

OTHER WORDS FROM obturate

ob路tu路ra路tion, nounob路tu路ra路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obturate

obturate
/ (藞蓲btj蕣蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to stop up (an opening, esp the breech of a gun)

Derived forms of obturate

obturation, nounobturator, noun

Word Origin for obturate

C17: from Latin obt奴r膩re to block up, of obscure origin
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Medical definitions for obturate

obturate
[ 艔bt蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

v.
To close or obstruct.

Other words from obturate

ob鈥瞭u鈥ation n.
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