constipation

[ kon-stuh-pey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn stəˈpeɪ ʃən /

noun

a condition of the bowels in which the feces are dry and hardened and evacuation is difficult and infrequent.
Informal. a state of slowing down, sluggishness, or inactivity.
Obsolete. the act of crowding anything into a smaller compass; condensation.

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Origin of constipation

1375–1425; late Middle English constipacioun (<Middle French ) <Late Latin constīpātiōn- (stem of constīpātiō). See constipate, -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for constipation

constipation
/ (ˌkɒnstɪˈpeɪʃən) /

noun

infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels, with hard faeces, caused by functional or organic disorders or improper diet
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Medical definitions for constipation

constipation
[ kŏn′stə-pāshən ]

n.

Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry, hardened feces from the bowels.
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