SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the state of being constricted; tightness or inward pressure. . 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-
), equivalent to
-iōn- -ion Synonyms for constriction
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Related Words for constriction narrowing
stenosis Examples from the Web for constriction Historical Examples of constriction
He seemed to strive, to say more, but failed for the
constriction of his throat. Constriction of life, owing to this narrowness of culture, must no longer be encouraged.
Mr. Osborne complained of
constriction of the chest—but this soon wore off.
The river became mildly excited, as if in protest at the
The gunboats had cut the coils, and loosened the
constriction. British Dictionary definitions for constriction noun 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 constrictive, adjective constrictively, adverb constrictiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for constriction n.
c.1400, from Latin
constrictionem (nominative constrictio), noun of action from past participle stem of constringere "compress" (see constrain).
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constriction [kən-strĭk ′shən] n. 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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