verb (used with object), con·sti·pat·ed, con·sti·pat·ing.
Origin of constipate
Examples from the Web for constipate
Do not give the laudanum unless demanded by the severity of the pain, as it tends to constipate.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
Brandy is decidedly injurious, it heats and inflames the throat, and tends to constipate the bowels.Advice to Singers|Frederick James Crowest
Opium so employed does not produce narcotism, and does not constipate the bowels.
The saccharated carbonate of iron is a beautiful preparation that does not constipate—is, indeed, a little laxative in action.A Manual of Toy Dogs|Mrs. Leslie Williams
Whatever tends to constipate the bowels may be reckoned a predisposing cause.A Treatise on Sheep:|Ambrose Blacklock
British Dictionary definitions for constipate
Word Origin for constipate
Word Origin and History for constipate
1530s, in part a back-formation from constipation, in part from Latin constipatus, past participle of constipare (see constipation). Earlier as an adjective (early 15c.); an earlier verb in this sense was constipen (late 14c.). Related: Constipated; constipating.