oppilate

[ op-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈɒp əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), op·pi·lat·ed, op·pi·lat·ing.

to stop up; fill with obstructing matter; obstruct.

Nearby words

  1. oppenheim's disease,
  2. oppenheim's syndrome,
  3. oppenheimer,
  4. oppenheimer, j. robert,
  5. oppidan,
  6. opponency,
  7. opponent,
  8. opportune,
  9. opportunism,
  10. opportunist

Origin of oppilate

1540–50; < Latin oppīlātus (past participle of oppīlāre to stop up), equivalent to op- op- + pīl- (cf. compile) + -ātus -ate1

Related formsop·pi·la·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for oppilate

oppilate

/ (ˈɒpɪˌleɪt) /

verb

(tr) pathol obsolete to block (the pores, bowels, etc)
Derived Formsoppilation, noun

Word Origin for oppilate

C16: from Latin oppīlāre, from ob- against + pīlāre to pack closely

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