[ kon-stuh-pey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn stəˈpeɪ ʃən /


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

1375–1425; late Middle English constipacioun (< Middle French) < Late Latin constīpātiōn- (stem of constīpātiō). See constipate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for constipation

/ (ˌkɒnstɪˈpeɪʃən) /


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

[ kŏn′stə-pāshən ]


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