1 To close, obstruct, or prevent the passage. To occlude an artery is to occlude the flow of blood. 2 To bring together. To occlude the teeth is to align the upper and lower teeth, as for chewing.
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1. To close or bring together. 2. To enclose, as in an occluded virus. [see occlusion]

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oc·clude ə-'klüd, ä- vb, oc·clud·ed; oc·clud·ing vt
1) to close up or block off: OBSTRUCT <a thrombus occluding a coronary artery>
2) to bring (upper and lower teeth) into occlusion
3) to take in and retain (a substance) in the interior rather than on an external surface: SORB <proteins in precipitating may \occlude alcohol> vi
1) to come into contact with cusps of the opposing teeth fitting together <his teeth do not \occlude properly>
2) to become occluded

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oc·clude (ə-kldґ) 1. to fit close together. 2. to close tight, as to bring the mandibular teeth into contact with the teeth in the maxilla. 3. obstruct.

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