One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To separate, keep apart; to exclude.
2with object Dentistry. To cause (opposing teeth) to fail to meet when the jaws are closed. Also without object: (of opposing teeth) to fail to meet.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin disclūdere to keep apart, shut out, to separate off into parts from dis- + claudere.
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