- to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
- to slow or stop the natural course or development of: Greed and aggressiveness constricted the nation's cultural life.
Origin of constrict
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Examples from the Web for unconstricted
The notochord is persistent and unconstricted, and the limbs are archipterygia.
Deep, unconstricted bedrock channels and basins with weak currents occur in mid-Bay and the west inlet.Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska
United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission
The unconstricted portion of the notochord, which persists in each vertebra, becomes in part converted into cartilage.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
The notochord is unconstricted, but the neural and haemal arches are well-developed, and the neural spines are long and slender.
The notochord is persistent and unconstricted, its sheath is membranous, but cartilaginous neural and haemal arches are developed.
- to make smaller or narrower, esp by contracting at one place
- to hold in or inhibit; limit
Word Origin and History for unconstricted
early 15c., from Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere "compress" (see constrain). A direct borrowing from Latin of the same word which, via French, became constrain. Related: Constricted; constricting.
- An agent that causes a reduction in the caliber of a bronchus or bronchial tube.