verb• formal or • technical
- 1 [with object] Stop, close up, or obstruct (an opening, orifice, or passage): thick makeup can occlude the poresMore example sentences
- Tumors in the tracheobronchial tree often occlude major airways producing obstructive pneumonitis and hypoxia.
- Devices for occluding the urethra include urethral plugs and, more recently, expandable urethral devices.
- All this is jam-packed into your sinuses and other nasal structures, occluding your airway completely.
- 1.2Cover (an eye) to prevent its use: it is placed at eye level with one eye occludedMore example sentences
- They fixated the center of the display while they occluded one eye with the ipsilateral hand.
- He uses the finding of Wiesel and Hubel, that kittens reared with one eye occluded do not have binocular cells in the visual cortex, to support the converse of Hebb's postulate.
- 1.3 Chemistry (Of a solid) absorb and retain (a gas or impurity).More example sentences
- Could the magmatic conditions at depth allow argon to be occluded within the minerals at the time of their formation?
- If the pore in the closed channel is occluded sterically, such a molecule should be unable to reach substituted cysteines below the gate.
- H2O molecules can be tightly bound to biological material and are occluded in proteins where they are often involved in catalytic reactions.
- 2 [no object] (Of a tooth) close on or come into contact with another tooth in the opposite jaw.More example sentences
- The peglike first upper molar does not occlude with any tooth of the lower jaw, so it serves no clear function.
- It consists of a pair of mandibular tooth plates that occludes with two pairs of plates above.
- The clear implication is that, at least in Idiognathodus, the teeth occluded in a regular and precise way.
late 16th century: from Latin occludere 'shut up'.