noun Medicine/Medical.
obstinate constipation.

1590–1600; < Late Latin obstīpātiōn- (stem of obstīpātiō) close pressure, equivalent to ob- ob- + stīpāt(us) (past participle of stīpāre to press) + -iōn- -ion

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obstipation (ˌɒbstɪˈpeɪʃən)
pathol a severe form of constipation, usually resulting from obstruction of the intestinal tract
[C16: from Latin obstīpātiō, from ob- (intensive) + stīpāre to press together]

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1590s, from L. obstipationem, noun of action from *obstipare "action of blocking or stopping up."
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obstipation ob·sti·pa·tion (ŏb'stə-pā'shən)
Intestinal obstruction; severe constipation.

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Abdominal pain may progress to obstipation and can be confused with acute abdominal obstruction.
Clinically significant obstipation, as judged by the investigator.
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