Definition of constipation in English:


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


[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.


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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