Definition of constipated in English:

constipated

Line breaks: con|sti|pated
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnstɪpeɪtɪd
 
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adjective

  • 1Affected with constipation: regular heroin users can become constipated
    More example sentences
    • For instance, women often don't take iron pills in pregnancy because they get constipated and assume that this is the effect of the iron.
    • This might happen after a very large meal, during pregnancy, if you are constipated, or when you wear tight-waisted clothes or bend forward.
    • In a constipated infant, it may be necessary to perform colonic irrigation with limited amounts of sterile saline.
  • 1.1Repressed or inhibited: he’s one of those emotionally constipated, stiff-upper-lip types

Derivatives

constipate

verb
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  • Cow's milk is the most constipating component of the young child's diet.
  • Through a chance conversation, I learned that iron can be constipating.
  • But if you don't drink enough liquid to replace what is absorbed, fiber can be constipating.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin constipat- 'crowded or pressed together', from the verb constipare, from con- 'together' + stipare 'press, cram'.

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