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  • n. Plural form of obturator.


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  • In some instances among the lower classes these obturators are simple pieces of wood, so fashioned as to fit into the palatine cleft, and not infrequently the obturator has been swallowed, causing obstruction of the air-passages or occluding the esophagus.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • The muscles of the hip and thigh alter in consequence of the changed relations; the gemelli, obturators, and piriformis are lengthened, the adductors, hamstrings, and ilio-psoas are shortened, while the glutei and quadriceps are but little altered.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition.

  • This vessel, when tied at its middle, will have its collateral circulation carried on by the anastomoses of the internal mammary with the epigastric; by those of the ilio-lumbar with the circumflex ilii; those of the internal circumflex femoris, and superior perforating arteries of the profunda femoris, with the obturator, when this branch arises from the internal iliac; those of the gluteal with the external circumflex; those of the latter with the sciatic; and those of both obturators, with each other, when arising -- the one from the internal, the other from the external iliac.

    Surgical Anatomy


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