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constrictor

[kuh n-strik-ter] /kənˈstrɪk tər/
noun
1.
a snake that kills its prey by coiling tightly around it, causing suffocation.
2.
Anatomy. a muscle that constricts a hollow part of the body, as the pharynx.
3.
a person or thing that constricts.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < New Latin; see constrict, -tor
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  • With the exception of large constrictors, nonvenomous snakes are not a threat to humans.
British Dictionary definitions for constrictors

constrictor

/kənˈstrɪktə/
noun
1.
any of various nonvenomous snakes, such as the pythons, boas, and anaconda, that coil around and squeeze their prey to kill it
2.
any muscle that constricts or narrows a canal or passage; sphincter
3.
a person or thing that constricts
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Word Origin and History for constrictors

constrictor

n.

1735, agent noun in Latin form from constrict.

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constrictors in Medicine

constrictor con·stric·tor (kən-strĭk'tər)
n.
One that constricts, especially a muscle that contracts or compresses a part or organ of the body.

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