Definition of Obturation

1. n. The act of stopping up, or closing, an opening.

Definition of Obturation

1. Noun. The act of stopping up, or closing, an opening. ¹

2. Noun. (context: firearms) The process of a bullet expanding under pressure to fit the bore of the firearm, or a cartridge case expanding under pressure to seal the chamber. ¹

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Definition of Obturation

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Medical Definition of Obturation

1. Obstruction or occlusion. Origin: see obturator Intermittent self-obturation, passage of a blunt object in a lumen or meatus to occlude it or to dilate it. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Obturation

obturating embolism
obturation (current term)
obturator canal
obturator externus
obturator fascia
obturator hernia
obturator internus
obturator lymph nodes
obturator membrane

Literary usage of Obturation

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"... mechanism for QF. guns firing metallic cartridge GRES is worked on similar principles, out is somewhat simpler than t£:t fc: the de Bange obturation, ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"... to the act: spec. blocking, choking, clogging, glutting, jamming, shutting, occlusion (chiefly tech.), blockade, engorgement, obturation, encumbrance, ..."

3. Twentieth Century Practice: An International Encyclopedia of Modern Medical by Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1897)
"obturation of the Intestine. Gall stones of ordinary size easily pass through the intestine after having passed the biliary ducts, but when of considerable ..."

4. Diseases of the Intestines: Their Special Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment by John Conrad Hemmeter (1902)
"In obturation, which represents the simple blocking of the lumen, ... In the later stages of obturation a disproportion ensues between gas formation and gas ..."

5. Text-book of otology for physicians and students by Friedrich von Bezold, Fr Siebenmann (1908)
"obturation of the Meatus by Gathering of Ear Wax and Masses of Epidermis. The occlusion of the auditory canal by ear wax, dust and cast-off epidermis ..."

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