occluding or tending to occlude.
Phonetics. characterized by or having occlusion.

noun Phonetics.

a stop that is unreleased, as the p-sound in stop, or deviously released, as the k-sound in acme, acne, or action, the t-sound of catnip, the g-sound of pygmy or ugly.
(not in technical use) any stop sound.

Origin of occlusive

1885–90; < Latin occlūs(us) (see occlusion) + -ive
Related formsoc·clu·sive·ness, nounnon·oc·clu·sive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for occlusive

Historical Examples of occlusive

  • An occlusive dressing of melted paraffin has also been employed.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • But these articles are not so clean or effective as the occlusive rubber pessary.

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British Dictionary definitions for occlusive



of or relating to the act of occlusion


phonetics an occlusive speech sound
Derived Formsocclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for occlusive

1867, from Latin occlus-, past participle stem of occludere (see occlude) + -ive.

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occlusive in Medicine




Occluding or tending to occlude.
Of or being a bandage or dressing that closes a wound and keeps it from the air.
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