Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry hardened feces from the bowels.
  • n. Obstruction; stultification.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Act of crowding anything into a lesser compass, or the state of being crowded or pressed together; condensation.
  • n. A state of the bowels in which the evacuations are infrequent and difficult, or the intestines become filled with hardened faeces; costiveness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of crowding anything into a less compass, or the state of being crowded or pressed together; condensation.
  • n. A state of the bowels in which the evacuations are infrequent and difficult, or the intestines become filled with hardened fæces; costiveness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of crowding anything into a smaller compass; a cramming or stuffing; condensation.
  • n. In medicine, a state of the bowels in which, on account of diminished intestinal action or secretion, the evacuations are obstructed or stopped, and the feces are hard and expelled with difficulty; costiveness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
  • n. irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis

Etymologies

From Latin constipatio. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • You need to go to the doctor when your constipation is bad enough you wear a shirt to complain about it.

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  • That continuous look of constipation is NOT pretty!!!

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  • This is quite common in older people who then are turning to fiber supplements to help their gut function but often in the form of psyillum with a ton of sugar dumped in it to make it palatable, which helps the short term constipation problem but increases the long term blood sugar problems and all the bad things that that causes.

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  • Most people don't know what the word constipation really means.

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  • Laxatives can be used for short term constipation relief but for most people who are mildly constipated do not need laxatives.

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  • Management is primarily conservative for patients with mild long-term constipation, in younger patients, and in those who are otherwise healthy and will adhere to a conservative regime.

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  • Hard stools or the incomplete passage of the food ingested is also referred to as constipation.

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  • Another serious problem associated with first chakra abnormality is chronic constipation, which is extremely common.

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  • For example, she may have noted that the so-called constipation causes fretfulness, that it is almost always benefited by a visit to the country or seaside, or that it has become much worse since a new nurse, who is much distressed by it, has taken over the management of the child.

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