Definition of congestive in English:


Syllabification: con·ges·tive
Pronunciation: /kənˈjestiv


  • Involving or produced by congestion of a part of the body.
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    • 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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