[ob-tuh-reyt, -tyuh-] /ˈɒb təˌreɪt, -tyə-/
verb (used with object), obturated, obturating.
to stop up; close.
Ordnance. to close (a hole or cavity) so as to prevent a flow of gas through it, especially the escape of explosive gas from a gun tube during firing.
(transitive) to stop up (an opening, esp the breech of a gun)
obturator ob·tu·ra·tor (ŏb’tə-rā’tər, -tyə-)
obturate ob·tu·rate (ŏb’tə-rāt’, -tyə-)
v. ob·tu·rat·ed, ob·tu·rat·ing, ob·tu·rates
To close or obstruct.
- Obturator artery
obturator artery n. An artery with origin in the internal iliac artery, with distribution to the ilium, pubis, obturator and adductor muscles and with pubic, acetabular, anterior, and posterior branches.
- Obturator canal
obturator canal n. An opening through which the obturator nerve and vessels pass from the pelvic cavity into the thigh.
- Obturator crest
obturator crest n. A ridge that extends from the pubic tubercle to the acetabular notch, giving attachment to the pubofemoral ligament of the hip joint.
- Obturator foramen
obturator foramen n. A large oval or irregularly triangular aperture in the hipbone.