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stricture

[strik-cher] /ˈstrɪk tʃər/
noun
1.
a remark or comment, especially an adverse criticism:
The reviewer made several strictures upon the author's style.
2.
an abnormal contraction of any passage or duct of the body.
3.
a restriction.
4.
Archaic. the act of enclosing or binding tightly.
5.
Obsolete, strictness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin strictūra tightening, equivalent to Latin strict(us) (see strict) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
strictured, adjective
nonstrictured, adjective
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Examples for stricture
  • But his stricture is not dry or preachy, a compact of flat philosophy.
  • But it's more a negotiable ideal than an unyielding stricture.
  • Even corporations housed in another state are supposed to observe this stricture--but don't, always.
  • The word religion stems from stricture, the word faith stems from mindless acceptance.
  • Increasing the stricture of a typical trill results in a trilled fricative.
British Dictionary definitions for stricture

stricture

/ˈstrɪktʃə/
noun
1.
a severe criticism; censure
2.
(pathol) an abnormal constriction of a tubular organ, structure, or part
3.
(obsolete) severity
Derived Forms
strictured, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin strictūra contraction; see strict
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Word Origin and History for stricture
n.

c.1400, "abnormal narrowing in a body part," from Late Latin strictura "contraction, constriction," from past participle stem of stringere (2) "to bind or draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Sense of "criticism, critical remark" is first recorded 1650s, perhaps from the other Latin word stringere "to touch lightly" (see strigil).

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stricture in Medicine

stricture stric·ture (strĭk'chər)
n.
A circumscribed narrowing of a hollow structure.

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