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/ˈäksəpət/ Noun, pl. occipita 1. The anatomical term for the posterior (back) portion of the head or skull. In insects, the occiput is the posterior part of the head capsule. ( 2. The back part of the head or skull (contradistinct from sinciput). ( Word origin: From Latin occiput, occipitium “the back part of the head”, from ob “over against” + caput...

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/əˈklo͞oZHən/ Noun, pl. occlusions (Medicine) 1. Anything that obstructs or closes a vessel or canal. ( 2. The alignment of the teeth when upper and lower jaws are brought together. ( 3. The relationship between all of the components of the masticatory system in normal function, dysfunction and parafunction. ( 4. Momentary complete closure of some area in the vocal tract, causing stoppage of the breath and accumulation of pressure. ( (Physics) The absorption of a gas or liquid by a substance such as a metal. ( (Meteorology) 1. An occluded front. ( 2. The process of occluding air masses. ( (Linguistics) 1. A closure within the vocal tract that produces an oral stop or nasal stop. ( 2. Closure at some point in the vocal tract that blocks the flow of air in the production of an oral or nasal stop. ( (Computing) The blocking of the view of part of an image by another. ( (General definition) 1. The process of occluding, or something that occludes. ( Word origin: From Medieval Latin occlusionem (nominative occlusio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin occludere (past participle occlusus) “shut up, close up,” from ob “against, up” + claudere “to shut,...

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