Definition of Constipation

1. Noun. Irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis.

Exact synonyms: Irregularity
Generic synonyms: Symptom
Specialized synonyms: Dyschezia, Fecal Impaction, Obstipation
Derivative terms: Constipate, Irregular

2. Noun. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).
Exact synonyms: Deadening, Impairment, Stultification
Generic synonyms: Debasement, Degradation
Derivative terms: Deaden, Deaden

Definition of Constipation

1. n. Act of crowding anything into a less compass, or the state of being crowded or pressed together; condensation.

Definition of Constipation

1. Noun. Act of crowding anything into a lesser compass, or the state of being crowded or pressed together; condensation. ¹

2. Noun. A state of the bowels in which the evacuations are infrequent and difficult, or the intestines become filled with hardened faeces; costiveness. ¹

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Definition of Constipation

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Medical Definition of Constipation

1. Infrequent or difficult evacuation of the faeces. Origin: L. Constipatio = a crowding together This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Constipation

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1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1901)
"The Etiology and Symptomatology of constipation, Including the Differential Diagnosis between Atonic and Spastic constipation. ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Chronic constipation is most often due either to intestinal atony ... When constipation sets in acutely, the bowels having been regular before, ..."

3. Digestive Diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact edited by James E. Everhart (1995)
"The rates of physician visits for constipation were of the same order of magnitude in the Kaiser Permanente survey as in NDTI. ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1839)
"On constipation. By N. CHAPMAN, MD, Professor of the Practice of Medicine ... THE application of the lerm constipation, to the condition I am to describe, ..."

5. Diet in Health and Disease by Julius Friedenwald, John Ruhräh (1919)
"In the dietetic treatment of habitual constipation it is essential that ... Those that leave a small residue are most apt to produce chronic constipation. ..."

6. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1895)
"constipation in Adults.—The causes are varied and may be classed as general and local. General Causes.—(a) Constitutional peculiarities: Torpidity of the ..."

7. A Text-book of medicine for students and practitioners by Adolf von Strümpell, Frederick Cheever Shattuck (1886)
"constipation. A PERSISTENT tendency to constipation is a frequent symptom in many different diseases, where it is almost always due to a diminution of the ..."

8. The Psychoneuroses and Their Treatment by Psychotherapy by E. Gauckler (1915)
"Along with these constipations of education, there exists, in many neurasthenic patients who are extremely emaciated, a form of constipation due to ..."

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