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occlude

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Definition the closing or blocking of something
The exact meaning of occlude can depend upon 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
  • "an 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.)
  • The most common form of heart attack is from a clot that occludes one of the coronary arteries.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • 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 FM From the national AP ticker, Friday, June 5, 1979: CHAMBERLAIN, MAINE (AP) STATE OFFICIALS SAY THAT THE DEATH TOLL IN CHAMBERLAIN STANDS AT 409, WITH 49 STILL LISTED AS MISSING.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • Then Edgar led Claude behind the barn, quarter lit at best by the occluded yard light and the gooseneck lamp over the kennel doors.
    David Wroblewski  --  The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • 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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