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  1. the act of constricting.
  2. the state of being constricted; tightness or inward pressure.
  3. a constricted part.
  4. something that constricts.
  5. 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).
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Origin of constriction

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin constrīctiōn- (stem of constrīctiō), equivalent to Latin constrīct(us) (see constrict) + -iōn- -ion

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Related Words for constrictions

narrowing, restriction, limitation, compression, constraint, stricture, binding, cramp, pressure, reduction, impediment, contraction, choking, stenosis

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British Dictionary definitions for constrictions


  1. a feeling of tightness in some part of the body, such as the chest
  2. the act of constricting or condition of being constricted
  3. something that is constricted
  4. genetics a localized narrow region of a chromosome, esp at the centromere
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Derived Formsconstrictive, adjectiveconstrictively, adverbconstrictiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for constrictions



c.1400, from Latin constrictionem (nominative constrictio), noun of action from past participle stem of constringere "compress" (see constrain).

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constrictions in Medicine


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