un obstruent

obstruent

[ob-stroo-uhnt]
adjective
1.
Medicine/Medical. (of a substance) producing an obstruction.
2.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) characterized by stoppage or obstruction of the flow of air from the lungs. Compare sonorant.
noun
3.
Medicine/Medical. a medicine that closes the natural passages of the body.
4.
Phonetics. an obstruent speech sound; a stop, fricative, or affricate. Compare sonorant ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1660–70; < Latin obstruent- (stem of obstruēns, present participle of obstruere); see obstruct, -ent

unobstruent, adjective
unobstruently, adverb
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obstruent (ˈɒbstrʊənt)
 
adj
1.  causing obstruction, esp of the intestinal tract
 
n
2.  anything that causes obstruction
 
[C17: from Latin obstruere to obstruct]

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obstruent ob·stru·ent (ŏb'strōō-ənt)
adj.
Obstructing or closing the natural passages of the body. n.
An obstruent medicine or agent.

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