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constrict

[kuh n-strikt] /kənˈstrɪkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
2.
to slow or stop the natural course or development of:
Greed and aggressiveness constricted the nation's cultural life.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1. cramp, squeeze, bind, tighten.
Antonyms
1. expand.
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  • 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

constrict

/kənˈstrɪkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place
2.
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

constrict

v.

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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