- to fill to excess; overcrowd or overburden; clog: The subway entrance was so congested that no one could move.
- Pathology. to cause an unnatural accumulation of blood or other fluid in (a body part or blood vessel): The cold congested her sinuses.
- Obsolete. to heap together.
- to become congested: His throat congested with phlegm.
Origin of congest
Examples from the Web for congestive
By a sad coincidence, one of these heroes, John Michael Doar, died that same day from congestive heart failure.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
Three days later, the 66-year-old Bannock expired of congestive heart failure and complications from diabetes.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
May 16, 2014
All of the strong beneficial effects could show up on cancer or congestive heart failure, and we'll never know.Study: Giving People Government Health Insurance May Not Make them Any Healthier
May 1, 2013
Dr. Scrimshaw died of congestive heart failure on Friday at the age of 95.When Nutrition Became a 'Thing'
February 13, 2013
In 2008, Love died of congestive heart failure at the age of 92.Big Bird’s Big Gay Love Story: From Birth to the 2012 Presidential Race
October 10, 2012
He was taken in the night with what was supposed to be a congestive chill.
This fever is often tenacious and intermittent; sometimes it is congestive.The Delight Makers
Malarious fevers, from their congestive tendency, give rise to the more acute forms of gastro-enteric inflammation.
Abolish the congestive and inflammatory element of a remittent, and it at once becomes an intermittent.
The head is re-leaved, the congestive symptoms is allayed, and when the artarial excitement subsides, he 'll be out of danger.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
- to crowd or become crowded to excess; overfill
- to overload or clog (an organ or part) with blood or (of an organ or part) to become overloaded or clogged with blood
- (tr; usually passive) to block (the nose) with mucus
Word Origin and History for congestive
early 15c., "to bring together" (transitive), from Latin congestus, past participle of congerere "to bring together, pile up," from com- "together" (see com-) + gerere "to carry, perform" (see gest). Medical sense of "unnatural accumulation" (1758) led to transferred (intransitive) sense of "overcrowd" (1859). Related: Congested; congesting.
- Of or characterized by congestion.
- To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in a vessel or an organ.