[uh b-struhkt] /əbˈstrʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass:
Debris obstructed the road.
to interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc., of.
to block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).
to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
to make (progress or activity) difficult
to impede or block a clear view of
1610s, from Latin obstruct-, past participle stem of obstruere (see obstruction) + -ive.
1610s, a back-formation from obstruction or else from Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere “to block, to stop up” (see obstruction). Related: Obstructed; obstructing.
obstruct ob·struct (əb-strŭkt’, ŏb-)
v. ob·struct·ed, ob·struct·ing, ob·structs
To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.
- Obstructive apnea
obstructive apnea n. Apnea that results from obstructed air passages or from inadequate respiratory muscle activity.
- Obstructive dysmenorrhea
obstructive dysmenorrhea n. Dysmenorrhea caused by an obstruction to the escape of the menstrual blood. Also called mechanical dysmenorrhea.
- Obstructive hydrocephalus
obstructive hydrocephalus n. See noncommunicating hydrocephalus.
- Obstructive jaundice
obstructive jaundice n. Jaundice resulting from obstruction of the flow of bile from the liver to the duodenum. Also called mechanical jaundice.