Definition of constipation in English:

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constipation

Pronunciation: /ˌkänstəˈpāSH(ə)n/

noun

1A condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened feces.
Example sentences
  • 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; a pronounced lack of ease: literary constipation
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: con·sti·pa·tion

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