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[kuh n-strik-ter] /kənˈstrɪk tər/
a snake that kills its prey by coiling tightly around it, causing suffocation.
Anatomy. a muscle that constricts a hollow part of the body, as the pharynx.
a person or thing that constricts.
Origin of constrictor
From New Latin, dating back to 1700-10; See origin at constrict, -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for constrictor
Historical Examples
  • This is a large species equal in size to the C. constrictor.

  • Her voice, as she spoke to the constrictor this time, was shrill and raucous.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • The constrictor could be worth a lot more than two hundred dollars to him.

    The Wealth of Echindul Noel Miller Loomis
  • It took him seven hours to reach the place where he had left the constrictor.

    The Wealth of Echindul Noel Miller Loomis
  • He needed to find the constrictor by the time Relegar started after him.

    The Wealth of Echindul Noel Miller Loomis
  • Grant was encouraged by the fact that the constrictor did not appear to be far away.

    The Wealth of Echindul Noel Miller Loomis
  • It is a constrictor, without poison fangs, which would cling to the hand or arm as Luke describes.

  • They were called in those days bull snakes, and were considered of the constrictor species, but not venomous.

  • Some such look I had seen in the eyes of a dove which had been offered up as food for a constrictor.

    The House by the Lock C. N. Williamson
  • Whether it was a giant bushmaster or a constrictor, we could not tell in the diffused light.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
British Dictionary definitions for constrictor


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

1735, agent noun in Latin form from constrict.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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constrictor in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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