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 upRelated formsob·tu·ra·tion, nounob·tu·ra·tor, noun
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Derived Formsobturation, nounobturator, noun
(tr) to stop up (an opening, esp the breech of a gun)
Word Origin for obturate
C17: from Latin obtūrāre to block up, of obscure origin
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Related formsob′tu•ra′tion n.
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.
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