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constipation

[kon-stuh-pey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn stəˈpeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a condition of the bowels in which the feces are dry and hardened and evacuation is difficult and infrequent.
2.
Informal. a state of slowing down, sluggishness, or inactivity.
3.
Obsolete. the act of crowding anything into a smaller compass; condensation.
Origin of constipation
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English constipacioun (< Middle French) < Late Latin constīpātiōn- (stem of constīpātiō). See constipate, -ion
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Examples from the web for constipation
  • Decreased or absent bowel sounds often indicate constipation.
  • Drugs designed to induce constipation afford only temporary relief.
  • Morphine shots can carry many side effects, he said-especially constipation.
  • constipation affects mostly those who are dyspeptic or who sit too much or too long.
  • With little fiber humans suffered from constipation and increased risks of gastrointestinal cancers.
  • In the past, she had occasionally been troubled by constipation.
  • Fibroid pressure against the rectum can cause constipation.
  • Get treated for a chronic cough or constipation if you have a hernia.
  • Drinking lots of fluids is particularly important in preventing constipation.
  • Attacks can occur suddenly, usually with severe abdominal pain followed by vomiting and constipation.
British Dictionary definitions for constipation

constipation

/ˌkɒnstɪˈpeɪʃən/
noun
1.
infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels, with hard faeces, caused by functional or organic disorders or improper diet
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Word Origin and History for constipation
n.

c.1400, "constriction of tissue," from Late Latin constipationem (nominative constipatio), noun of state from Latin constipare "to press or crowd together," from com- "together" (see com-) + stipare "to cram, pack" (see stiff (adj.)). Specifically of the bowel condition since 1540s.

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constipation in Medicine

constipation con·sti·pa·tion (kŏn'stə-pā'shən)
n.
Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry, hardened feces from the bowels.

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