[ kon-stuh-pey-shuhn ]
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  1. a condition of the bowels in which the feces are dry and hardened and evacuation is difficult and infrequent.

  2. Informal. a state of slowing down, sluggishness, or inactivity.

  1. 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


/ (ˌkɒnstɪˈpeɪʃən) /

  1. infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels, with hard faeces, caused by functional or organic disorders or improper diet

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