[ uh-kloo-siv ]
/ əˈklu sɪv /


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.

Nearby words

  1. occlusal force,
  2. occlusal imbalance,
  3. occlusal position,
  4. occlusion,
  5. occlusion of pupil,
  6. occlusive dressing,
  7. occlusive ileus,
  8. occlusive meningitis,
  9. occult,
  10. occult balance

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

  • 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


/ (əˈkluːsɪv) /


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for occlusive


[ ə-klōōzĭv ]


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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