[uh-kloo-zhuh n] /əˈklu ʒən/
the act or state of occluding or the state of being occluded.
Dentistry. the fitting together of the teeth of the lower jaw with the corresponding teeth of the upper jaw when the jaws are closed.
Pathology. closure or blockage of a blood vessel:
Phonetics. momentary complete closure at some area in the vocal tract, causing stoppage of the flow of air and accumulation of pressure.
the act or process of occluding or the state of being occluded
(meteorol) another term for occluded front
(dentistry) the normal position of the teeth when the jaws are closed
(phonetics) the complete closure of the vocal tract at some point, as in the closure prior to the articulation of a plosive
1640s, from Medieval Latin occlusionem (nominative occlusio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin occludere (see occlude). Dentistry sense is from 1880.
occlusal oc·clu·sal (ə-klōō’zəl, -səl)
occlusion oc·clu·sion (ə-klōō’zhən)
- Occlusal analysis
occlusal analysis n. A study of the relationships of the occlusal surfaces of opposing teeth, including the effect these relationships have on related structures. Also called bite analysis.
- Occlusal equilibration
occlusal equilibration n. The modification of the chewing and biting surfaces of teeth by grinding.
- Occlusal force
occlusal force n. The force exerted on opposing teeth when the jaws are closed or tightened.
- Occlusal imbalance
occlusal imbalance n. An inharmonious functional relationship between the teeth of the maxilla and those of the mandible.