Definition of obstipation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɒbstɪˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun] Medicine
Severe or complete constipation.
Example sentences
  • Cramping pain, little vomiting, constipation and obstipation, distension, loud borborygmi and little loss of electrolytes.
  • A 27-year-old man presented to the emergency department with a 3-day history of progressively worsening abdominal pain, nausea, emesis, and obstipation following a weekend drinking binge.
  • A 71-year-old white man with no prior history of malignancy and a 2-week history of obstipation, increasing abdominal girth, and abdominal cramping sought medical attention after he began passing bright red blood per rectum.


Late 16th century: alteration of constipation, by substitution of the prefix ob- for con-.

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