[ob-tuh-reyt, -tyuh-]

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.

Nearby words

  1. obtrude,
  2. obtrusion,
  3. obtrusive,
  4. obtrusively,
  5. obtund,
  6. obturating embolism,
  7. obturator,
  8. obturator artery,
  9. obturator canal,
  10. obturator crest

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 obturator



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

Word Origin for obturate

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

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Medicine definitions for obturator




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.




To close or obstruct.
Related formsob′tu•ration n.

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