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[ob-stuh-pey-shuh n] /ˌɒb stəˈpeɪ ʃən/
noun, Medicine/Medical.
obstinate constipation.
Origin of obstipation
1590-1600; < Late Latin obstīpātiōn- (stem of obstīpātiō) close pressure, equivalent to ob- ob- + stīpāt(us) (past participle of stīpāre to press) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • Constipation, obstipation and diarrhea may alternate through the progress of the case.

    Intestinal Ills

    Alcinous Burton Jamison
British Dictionary definitions for obstipation


(pathol) a severe form of constipation, usually resulting from obstruction of the intestinal tract
Word Origin
C16: from Latin obstīpātiō, from ob- (intensive) + stīpāre to press together
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Word Origin and History for obstipation

1590s, from Latin obstipationem (nominative obstipatio), noun of action from *obstipare "action of blocking or stopping up," from ob- (see ob-) + stipare "to press together, to pack" (see stiff (adj.)).

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obstipation in Medicine

obstipation ob·sti·pa·tion (ŏb'stə-pā'shən)
Intestinal obstruction; severe constipation.

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