[ ob-tuh-reyt, -tyuh- ]
/ ˈɒb təˌreɪt, -tyə- /

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.

Origin of obturate

1550–60; < Latin obtūrātus, past participle of obtūrāre to block, stop up


ob·tu·ra·tion, nounob·tu·ra·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obturator

/ (ˈɒbtjʊəˌreɪt) /


(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 obtūrāre to block up, of obscure origin
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Medical definitions for obturator (1 of 2)

[ ŏbtə-rā′tər ]


A structure, such as the soft palate, that closes an opening in the body.
A prosthetic device that serves to close an opening or cleft, especially in the palate.
A stylus or removable plug used during the insertion of many tubular instruments.

Medical definitions for obturator (2 of 2)

[ ŏbtə-rāt′ ]


To close or obstruct.

Other words from obturate

ob′tu•ration n.
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