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verb (used with object), oc路clud路ed, oc路clud路ing.
to close, shut, or stop up (a passage, opening, etc.).
to shut in, out, or off.
Physical Chemistry. (of certain metals and other solids) to incorporate (gases and other foreign substances), as by absorption or adsorption.
verb (used without object), oc路clud路ed, oc路clud路ing.
Dentistry. to shut or close, with the cusps of the opposing teeth of the upper and lower jaws fitting together.
Meteorology. to form an occluded front.
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Origin of occlude

1590鈥1600; <Latin occl奴dere to shut up, close up, equivalent to oc-oc- + -cl奴dere, combining form of claudere to close


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British Dictionary definitions for occlude

/ (蓹藞klu藧d) /

(tr) to block or stop up (a passage or opening); obstruct
(tr) to prevent the passage of
(tr) chem (of a solid) to incorporate (a substance) by absorption or adsorption
meteorol to form or cause to form an occluded front
dentistry to produce or cause to produce occlusion, as in chewing

Derived forms of occlude

occludent, adjective

Word Origin for occlude

C16: from Latin occl奴dere, from ob- (intensive) + claudere to close
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Medical definitions for occlude

[ 蓹-kl艒艒d ]

To cause to become closed; obstruct.
To prevent the passage of.
To bring together the upper and lower teeth in proper alignment for chewing.
To enclose a virus, as in an inclusion body.
In chemistry, to absorb and retain gases and other substances.

Other words from occlude

oc鈥ludent adj.
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Scientific definitions for occlude

[ 蓹-kl艒艒d ]

To force air upward from the Earth's surface, as when a cold front overtakes and undercuts a warm front.
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