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Line breaks: co¦arct
Pronunciation: /kəʊˈɑːkt

Definition of coarct in English:


[with object] rare , chiefly Anatomy & Biology
Compress or constrict; press together: blood pressure was measured immediately before and after coarcting the aorta
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  • At the moment of striking exhale sharply the air of about one third of total lung capacity, coarcting the throat and pressing the tongue against the hard palate.
  • We coarcted the abdominal aorta upstream to the renal arteries.
  • The entire retina was detached and coarcted.


late Middle English: from Latin coarctare 'to press or draw together'.

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