Definition of constipation in English:

constipation

Line breaks: con|sti|pa¦tion
Pronunciation: /kɒnstɪˈpeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened faeces.
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  • Other commonly associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and constipation or diarrhea.
  • It isn't a disease but may be a symptom of severe constipation or emotional difficulties related to stool holding.
  • The drug should not be used by patients who are currently constipated or whose main bowel symptom is constipation.
1.1A high level of constraint or restriction: literary constipation
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  • The result has been a form of social constipation, a culture of non-performance in regard to expeditious implementation.
  • Wales's gregariousness is real enough, but so is the chronic social constipation of its governing classes in which everyone knows everyone else.
  • I'm having Creative Constipation.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'contraction of body tissues'): from late Latin constipatio(n-), from the verb constipare (see constipated).

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