stricture

[ strik-cher ]
/ ˈstrɪk tʃər /

noun

a remark or comment, especially an adverse criticism: The reviewer made several strictures upon the author's style.
an abnormal contraction of any passage or duct of the body.
Phonetics. a constriction of airflow in the vocal tract in the production of speech.
a restriction.
Archaic. the act of enclosing or binding tightly.
Obsolete. strictness.

Origin of stricture

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin strictūra tightening, equivalent to Latin strict(us) (see strict) + -ūra -ure

OTHER WORDS FROM stricture

stric·tured, adjectivenon·stric·tured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stricture

stricture
/ (ˈstrɪktʃə) /

noun

a severe criticism; censure
pathol an abnormal constriction of a tubular organ, structure, or part
obsolete severity

Derived forms of stricture

strictured, adjective

Word Origin for stricture

C14: from Latin strictūra contraction; see strict
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Medicine definitions for stricture

stricture
[ strĭkchər ]

n.

A circumscribed narrowing of a hollow structure.
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