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[kuh n-strikt] /kənˈstrɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
to slow or stop the natural course or development of:
Greed and aggressiveness constricted the nation's cultural life.
Origin of constrict
late Middle English
1375-1425 for earlier past participle sense; 1725-35 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin constrīctus (past participle of constringere to draw together, tie up), equivalent to con- con- + strīc- (variant stem of stringere to tie; see strict) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
nonconstricted, adjective
nonconstricting, adjective
unconstricted, adjective
well-constricted, adjective
1. cramp, squeeze, bind, tighten.
1. expand. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place
to hold in or inhibit; limit
Word Origin
C18: from Latin constrictus compressed, from constringere to tie up together; see constrain
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Word Origin and History for constrict

early 15c., from Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere "compress" (see constrain). A direct borrowing from Latin of the same word which, via French, became constrain. Related: Constricted; constricting.

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constrict in Medicine

constrict con·strict (kən-strĭkt')
v. con·strict·ed, con·strict·ing, con·stricts
To make smaller or narrower especially by binding or squeezing.

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