obturate

[ 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.

QUIZZES

PRACTICE SOME ESCAPISM WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We salute you if you remember all the doovers from Word of the Day between May 25 and May 31!
Question 1 of 7
salute

Origin of obturate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM obturate

ob·tu·ra·tion, nounob·tu·ra·tor, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for obturator

British Dictionary definitions for obturator

obturate
/ (ˈɒbtjʊəˌreɪt) /

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 obtūrāre to block up, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for obturator (1 of 2)

obturator
[ ŏbtə-rā′tər ]

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.

Medical definitions for obturator (2 of 2)

obturate
[ ŏbtə-rāt′ ]

v.

To close or obstruct.

Other words from obturate

ob′tu•ration n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.