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The most common form of heart attack is from a clot that occludes one of the coronary arteries.
  the closing or blocking of something

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The exact meaning of occlude is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "an occluded artery" — closed or blocked, so no blood can flow through it
  • "occluded teeth" — position when the jaw is closed
  • "an occluded front" — when warm air is separated/blocked from the ground after meeting a cold front
  • "occluded graphic" — a graphic that cannot be seen because it is blocked by an image between it and the eye


In dentistry, malocclusion is the misalignment of teeth and jaws. ("mal" being a common prefix for bad.)
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  • The most common form of heart attack is from a clot that occludes one of the coronary arteries.
  • Only the fact that I was too young for a coronary occlusion saved my heart, which stopped beating for critical seconds.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He didn’t like that. said Aberforth, and his eyes were briefly occluded by the fireflight on the lenses of his glasses: They turned white and blind again.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • On land, meridional, a bispherical moon, revealed in imperfect varying phases of lunation through the posterior interstice of the imperfectly occluded skirt of a carnose negligent perambulating female, a pillar of the cloud by day.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • The latter has occluded the source of grace with the shadow of his limited personality; the incarnation, utterly free of such ego-consciousness, is a direct manifestation of the law.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But deep in the fields the brownish stalks rise from the earth to more than twice her height, occluding her vision.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • "There’s a spaceship landing in Homer’s Field," Tyler whispered to himself in wonder as the stars were occluded.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The clouds had not yet dropped low enough to occlude the view from the mountains, and Eddis’s watchers had seen the Mede ship land.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Doc Daneeka would never go swimming again; a person could swoon or suffer a mild coronary occlusion in an inch or two of water and drown to death, be carried out to sea by an undertow, or made vulnerable to poliomyelitis or meningococcus infection through chilling or over-exertion.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The central theme, the long train of hints and guesses, of revelation and occlusion, which at last brings husband and wife into each other’s arms, is within our imaginative reach, for Homer is pioneering here in territory that novelists were later to make their own.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • …RN (Last) (Fir~ (Middle) Address 47 Carlin Street Chamberlain, Maine 02249 Emergency Room None Ambulance__#16 Treatment administered None D.O.A. X YES NO Time of Death May 28, 1979 — 2:00 AM (approx.) Cause of Death Hemorrhage, shock, coronary occlusion and/or coronary thrombosis (possible) Person identifying deceased Susan D. Snell 19 Back Chamberlain Road Chamberlain, Maine 02249 Next of kin None Body to be released to State of Maine Doctor in attendance Harold Kuebler MD Pathologist…
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
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