- 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.
Origin of constipation
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Examples from the Web for constipation
In addition to the “high,” there is pain relief, but also nausea, constipation, and slowed breathing.Heroin: America’s Silent Assassin
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This is often a result of onanism, nervousness or constipation.The Sexual Question
Besides, he suffered from constipation and feelings of depression.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
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If the bowel is at fault, constipation is the usual consequence.
If the bowel takes too long to do its work we have constipation.
A child's bowels may move daily and yet the child will suffer from constipation.
- infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels, with hard faeces, caused by functional or organic disorders or improper diet
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Word Origin and History for constipation
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- Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry, hardened feces from the bowels.
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