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constipation

[ kon-stuh-pey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn stəˈpeɪ ʃən /
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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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