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Thursday, February 3

Occlude

[ə-KLOOD]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1.

[With object] stop, close up, or obstruct (an opening, orifice, or passage); shut (something in); cover (an eye) to prevent its use.

2.

(Chemistry) (of a solid) absorb and retain (a gas or impurity).

Examples of Occlude in a sentence

"Platinum is a metal that can occlude hydrogen."

"An optometrist will occlude one eye to accurately measure the other’s prescription."

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About Occlude

This word comes from the Latin “occludere,” meaning to “shut up.”

Did you Know?

The manner in which someone’s tooth occludes, or touches another tooth in the opposite jaw, serves as an additional definition. In this dental usage, “occlude” has no object, such as “Her upper cuspid tooth occludes with her lower canine.”

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