• WordNet 3.6
    • n constipation the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
    • n constipation irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Constipation is caused when too much water is absorbed in the large intestine and the feces become dry
    • Constipation A state of the bowels in which the evacuations are infrequent and difficult, or the intestines become filled with hardened fæces; costiveness.
    • Constipation Act of crowding anything into a less compass, or the state of being crowded or pressed together; condensation. "Fullness of matter, or a pretty close constipation . . . of its particles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word constipation (con sta PAY shun) comes from a Latin word that means "to crowd together."
    • n constipation The act of crowding anything into a smaller compass; a cramming or stuffing; condensation.
    • n constipation In medicine, a state of the bowels in which, on account of diminished intestinal action or secretion, the evacuations are obstructed or stopped, and the feces are hard and expelled with difficulty; costiveness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Constipation costiveness, an irregular and insufficient action of the bowels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. constipatio, a crowding together: cf. F. constipation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, together, stipāre, -ātum, to pack.


In literature:

Besides, he suffered from constipation and feelings of depression.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
Any excess in the sympathetic dynamism tends to accelerate the action of the liver, to cause fever and constipation.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
The headache was due to overwork, indigestion, constipation.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
These children are not necessarily constipated.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
The well-being of the body is of the utmost importance: a clogged and constipated body is no medium for inspiration.
"Spirit and Music" by H. Ernest Hunt
Constipation is seldom found in vegetarians, since vegetables and fruits act as a stimulus to the intestine.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Taking three pills, every night, will generally relieve constipation in an adult.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Constipation must be guarded against, but the measures must be of a mild nature.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
If the bowels are constipated relief should be sought in the manner we have just mentioned in speaking of constipation.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
A tendency towards constipation may be hereditary.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall

In news:

If you're one of the 20 percent of people—most of them women—who struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you know that bikini season is one of the worst times to deal with symptoms like chronic bloating , diarrhea, and/or constipation.
Constipation Link, New Colonoscopy Guidelines.
While most cases of childhood constipation will respond to the dietary changes discussed above, some children have persistent constipation in spite of it.
'This Is 40' Featurette Delivers Sex Talk, Constipation and Middle-Aged Frustration (Video).
I've got to be honest -- it's a little embarrassing to write about constipation .
Constipation Link, New Colonoscopy Guidelines.
Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer, File Parents should be positive during potty training and watch for signs of constipation , such as hard stool.
Tim Walberg calls government body 'Department of Constipation ' in interview with conservative news site.
Constipation Drug Is Approved.
These include gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation and indigestion.
These painful and persistent intruders pop up (and out) of your rectum when you have chronic constipation.
Many people experience constipation or increased intestinal gas when they increase their fiber intake.
The current most common medical theory is that IBS is a disorder of the nerves that control the function of the colon IBS causes abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, diarrhea, and/or constipation.
Narcotics cause drowsiness, slowed motor control, decreased balance, potential for addiction, constipation, difficulty urinating, and respiratory depression.
Tucson News NowAstraZeneca Announces Top-line Phase III Results from Naloxegol Pivotal Trials In Patients With Opioid-Induced Constipation.