[ kuhn-strik-shuhn ]
/ kənˈstrɪk ʃən /


the act of constricting.
the state of being constricted; tightness or inward pressure.
a constricted part.
something that constricts.
Phonetics. an articulated narrowing of the vocal tract that in consonants audibly obstructs the flow of air and in vowels defines an interconnection between or among resonance cavities.Compare closure(def 6).

Origin of constriction

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin constrīctiōn- (stem of constrīctiō), equivalent to Latin constrīct(us) (see constrict) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for constriction

/ (kənˈstrɪkʃən) /


a feeling of tightness in some part of the body, such as the chest
the act of constricting or condition of being constricted
something that is constricted
genetics a localized narrow region of a chromosome, esp at the centromere

Derived forms of constriction

constrictive, adjectiveconstrictively, adverbconstrictiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for constriction

[ kən-strĭkshən ]


The act of constricting or the state of being constricted.
A feeling of tightness or pressure, as in the chest.
A constricted or narrow part.
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