Definition of constipated in English:

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constipated

Pronunciation: /ˈkänstəˌpādəd/

adjective

1(Of a person or animal) affected with constipation.
Example sentences
  • For instance, women often don't take iron pills in pregnancy because they get constipated and assume that this is the effect of the iron.
  • This might happen after a very large meal, during pregnancy, if you are constipated, or when you wear tight-waisted clothes or bend forward.
  • In a constipated infant, it may be necessary to perform colonic irrigation with limited amounts of sterile saline.
1.1Slow-moving; restricted or inhibited in some way: spontaneous girls like Ellen are never going to be intimate with constipated deadpan fellows like me

Derivatives

constipate

Pronunciation: /ˈkänstəˌpāt/
verb
Example sentences
  • Cow's milk is the most constipating component of the young child's diet.
  • Through a chance conversation, I learned that iron can be constipating.
  • But if you don't drink enough liquid to replace what is absorbed, fiber can be constipating.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin constipat- 'crowded or pressed together', from the verb constipare, from con- 'together' + stipare 'press, cram'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: con·sti·pat·ed

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