- 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
Examples from the Web for stricture
In both cases, one of the frequent complications can be the stricture of the urethra.Ayatollah Khamenei’s Cancer Scare
September 20, 2014
This is least objectionable in cases of stricture close to the meatus.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
"I will have some supper," Rose said, with dignity, ignoring the stricture.A Little Girl in Old Quebec
Amanda Millie Douglas
I do not anticipate this stricture, but rather another—that I have proved too much by it.The Aesthetical Essays
It has been done effectively where the vas had no stricture.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
The stricture passed will, in fact, be indirect and limited.The Basis of Morality
- a severe criticism; censure
- pathol an abnormal constriction of a tubular organ, structure, or part
- obsolete severity
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).
- A circumscribed narrowing of a hollow structure.