- 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
Examples from the Web for obturator
Historical Examples of obturator
Variations in the obturator nerve were considered to be insignificant.
The obturator foramen is a small oval opening posteroventral to the acetabulum between the ischium and the pubis.
The obturator ridge is a short, blunt, longitudinal ridge forming the posterior edge of the trochanter.
The posterolateral intermuscular line is a slight ridge extending distally from the obturator ridge.
Gadow divides the obturator complex into two muscles (or muscle groups), which he terms M. obturator and Mm.
- (tr) to stop up (an opening, esp the breech of a gun)
Word Origin for obturate
- 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.