constriction

[kuhn-strik-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of constricting.
2.
the state of being constricted; tightness or inward pressure.
3.
a constricted part.
4.
something that constricts.
5.
Phonetics. an articulated narrowing of the vocal tract that in consonants audibly obstructs the flow of air and in vowels defines an interconnection between or among resonance cavities. Compare closure ( def 6 ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin constrīctiōn- (stem of constrīctiō), equivalent to Latin constrīct(us) (see constrict) + -iōn- -ion


2. compression, contraction, stricture.
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constriction (kənˈstrɪkʃən)
 
n
1.  a feeling of tightness in some part of the body, such as the chest
2.  the act of constricting or condition of being constricted
3.  something that is constricted
4.  genetics a localized narrow region of a chromosome, esp at the centromere
 
con'strictive
 
adj
 
con'strictively
 
adv
 
con'strictiveness
 
n

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constriction
c.1400, from L. constrictionem (nom. constrictio), noun of action from constrictus, pp. of constringere "compress" (see constrain).
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constriction con·stric·tion (kən-strĭk'shən)
n.

  1. The act of constricting or the state of being constricted.

  2. A feeling of tightness or pressure, as in the chest.

  3. A constricted or narrow part.

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Example sentences
Whether a similar constriction will happen after this current air campaign
  remains to be seen.
It feels rather liberating being unhitched from the constriction of an
  application's requirements.
All raptors hold small prey inside their feet and immobilize them by
  constriction.
The dens or odontoid process exhibits a slight constriction or neck, where it
  joins the body.
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