Definition of congestive in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈjestiv/


Involving or produced by congestion of a part of the body.
Example sentences
  • These have included chest pain, myocardial infarction, congestive cardiac failure, severe headache requiring hospitalization, and pulmonary embolism.
  • Deficiencies have been linked to various heart conditions, including angina, congestive heart disease and mitral valve prolapse.
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed nonbleeding esophageal varices and congestive gastropathy.


Mid 19th century: from congest (see congested) + -ive.

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Syllabification: con·ges·tive

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