[ ob-stuh-pey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɒb stəˈpeɪ ʃən /

noun Medicine/Medical.

obstinate constipation.

Origin of obstipation

1590–1600; < Late Latin obstīpātiōn- (stem of obstīpātiō) close pressure, equivalent to ob- ob- + stīpāt(us) (past participle of stīpāre to press) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for obstipation

  • Constipation, obstipation and diarrhea may alternate through the progress of the case.

    Intestinal Ills|Alcinous Burton Jamison

British Dictionary definitions for obstipation


/ (ˌɒbstɪˈpeɪʃən) /


pathol a severe form of constipation, usually resulting from obstruction of the intestinal tract

Word Origin for obstipation

C16: from Latin obstīpātiō, from ob- (intensive) + stīpāre to press together
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Word Origin and History for obstipation



1590s, from Latin obstipationem (nominative obstipatio), noun of action from *obstipare "action of blocking or stopping up," from ob- (see ob-) + stipare "to press together, to pack" (see stiff (adj.)).

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Medicine definitions for obstipation


[ ŏb′stə-pāshən ]


Intestinal obstruction; severe constipation.
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