Definition of Obturator

1. Noun. A prosthesis used to close an opening (as to close an opening of the hard palate in cases of cleft palate).

Generic synonyms: Prosthesis, Prosthetic Device
Derivative terms: Obturate

Definition of Obturator

1. n. That which closes or stops an opening.

2. a. Serving as an obturator; closing an opening; pertaining to, or in the region of, the obturator foramen; as, the obturator nerve.

3. n. Any device for preventing the escape of gas through the breech mechanism of a breech-loading gun; a gas check.

Definition of Obturator

1. Noun. (medicine) An object used to obstruct a hole. ¹

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Definition of Obturator

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Medical Definition of Obturator

1. 1. That which closes or stops an opening. 2. An apparatus designed to close an unnatural opening, as a fissure of the palate. Origin: NL, fr. L. Obturare to stop up: cf.F. Obturateur. Serving as an obturator; closing an opening; pertaining to, or in the region of, the obturator foramen; as, the obturator nerve. Obturator foramen, an opening situated between the public and ischial parts of the innominate bone and closed by the obturator membrane; the thyroid foramen. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Obturator

obturating embolism
obturator (current term)
obturator appliance
obturator artery
obturator canal
obturator crest
obturator externus
obturator fascia
obturator foramen
obturator groove
obturator hernia
obturator internus
obturator lymph nodes
obturator membrane
obturator nerve
obturator tubercle

Literary usage of Obturator

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The Gemelli are two small muscular fasciculi, accessories to the tendon of the obturator interims, which is received into a groove between them. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1836)
"Mr. Guthrie states, in his, essay on femoral and inguinal hernia, when speaking of the danger of wounding the obturator artery in operations for ..."

3. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1912)
"by the under surface of the pubic bone; under normal conditions it only transmits the obturator nerve, artery, and veins; it is directed downward, forward, ..."

4. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"It is, however, frequently given off from the epigastric; a matter of importance to he determined in cases of femoral hernia. Of 500 obturator arteries ..."

5. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"circumference of the obturator foramen, and gives attachment to the ... The obturator foramen is a large aperture, situated between the ischium and pubis. ..."

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