Constipation



[kon-stuh-pey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn stəˈpeɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
a condition of the bowels in which the feces are dry and hardened and evacuation is difficult and infrequent.
2.
Informal. a state of slowing down, sluggishness, or inactivity.
3.
Obsolete. the act of crowding anything into a smaller compass; condensation.
/ˌkɒnstɪˈpeɪʃən/
noun
1.
infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels, with hard faeces, caused by functional or organic disorders or improper diet
n.

c.1400, “constriction of tissue,” from Late Latin constipationem (nominative constipatio), noun of state from Latin constipare “to press or crowd together,” from com- “together” (see com-) + stipare “to cram, pack” (see stiff (adj.)). Specifically of the bowel condition since 1540s.

constipation con·sti·pa·tion (kŏn’stə-pā’shən)
n.
Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry, hardened feces from the bowels.

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