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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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Examples from the web for constricted
  • When the snakes constricted the rats, the hearts were allowed to beat for a while, then they were turned off.
  • At their junction with the glomerular capsule they exhibit a somewhat constricted portion, which is termed the neck.
  • It is generally flexuous, and constricted at intervals so as to present a varicose appearance.
  • The lower part of this thickening is soon constricted off, and fibers appear in it to form the anterior commissure.
  • With pure oxygen the kids' breathing quickened and blood vessels constricted, preventing oxygen from reaching the brain and heart.
  • Because the basins have constricted water circulation, they also have lower oxygen levels than the open ocean.
  • If the substances are too strong, a human licker will experience a burning and constricted throat-or far worse.
  • The result: an allergic reaction-from swelling to itching to runny nose to constricted airways.
  • Hunting, development, and the destruction of the rain forests have constricted the tarsiers' habitat.
  • Bean-counter notions of user intensity have unduly constricted access.
British Dictionary definitions for constricted


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 constricted



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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constricted 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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