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

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin strictūra tightening, equivalent to Latin strict(us) (see strict) + -ūra -ure
Related formsstric·tured, adjectivenon·stric·tured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stricture


  1. a severe criticism; censure
  2. pathol an abnormal constriction of a tubular organ, structure, or part
  3. obsolete severity
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Derived Formsstrictured, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin strictūra contraction; see strict
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Word Origin and History for stricture


c.1400, "abnormal narrowing in a body part," from Late Latin strictura "contraction, constriction," from past participle stem of stringere (2) "to bind or draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Sense of "criticism, critical remark" is first recorded 1650s, perhaps from the other Latin word stringere "to touch lightly" (see strigil).

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stricture in Medicine


  1. A circumscribed narrowing of a hollow structure.
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