[ kuh n-strik-ter ]
/ kənˈstrɪk tər /


a snake that kills its prey by coiling tightly around it, causing suffocation.
Anatomy. a muscle that constricts a hollow part of the body, as the pharynx.
a person or thing that constricts.

Origin of constrictor

From New Latin, dating back to 1700–10; see origin at constrict, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for constrictor


/ (kənˈstrɪktə) /


any of various nonvenomous snakes, such as the pythons, boas, and anaconda, that coil around and squeeze their prey to kill it
any muscle that constricts or narrows a canal or passage; sphincter
a person or thing that constricts
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Medicine definitions for constrictor


[ kən-strĭktər ]


One that constricts, especially a muscle that contracts or compresses a part or organ of the body.
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