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verb (used with object), op·pi·lat·ed, op·pi·lat·ing.
  1. to stop up; fill with obstructing matter; obstruct.
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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


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

Word Origin

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