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constrictor

[kuh n-strik-ter]
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noun
  1. a snake that kills its prey by coiling tightly around it, causing suffocation.
  2. Anatomy. a muscle that constricts a hollow part of the body, as the pharynx.
  3. a person or thing that constricts.
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Origin of constrictor

From New Latin, dating back to 1700–10; see origin at constrict, -tor
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Examples from the Web for constrictor

Historical Examples

  • This is a large species equal in size to the C. constrictor.

    Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XVI

    Various

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for constrictor

constrictor

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

n.

1735, agent noun in Latin form from constrict.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

constrictor in Medicine

constrictor

(kən-strĭktər)
n.
  1. One that constricts, especially a muscle that contracts or compresses a part or organ of the body.
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