[ ob-stroo-uhnt ]
/ ˈɒb stru ənt /
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Medicine/Medical. (of a substance) producing an obstruction.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) characterized by stoppage or obstruction of the flow of air from the lungs.Compare sonorant.
Medicine/Medical. a medicine that closes the natural passages of the body.
Phonetics. an obstruent speech sound; a stop, fricative, or affricate.Compare sonorant (def. 2).
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Origin of obstruent
OTHER WORDS FROM obstruentun·ob·stru·ent, adjectiveun·ob·stru·ent·ly, adverb
Words nearby obstruent
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British Dictionary definitions for obstruent
/ (ˈɒbstrʊənt) med /
causing obstruction, esp of the intestinal tract
anything that causes obstruction
Word Origin for obstruent
C17: from Latin obstruere to obstruct
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Medical definitions for obstruent
[ ŏb′strōō-ənt ]
Obstructing or closing the natural passages of the body.
An obstruent medicine or agent.
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