Simple Definition of constrict
: to make (something) narrower, smaller, or tighter
: to become narrower, smaller, or tighter
: to prevent or keep (something or someone) from developing freely
Examples of constrict
The drug is used to constrict blood vessels.
The declining economy has constricted job opportunities.
a life constricted by poverty and disease
He felt constricted by their notions of what was proper.
Origin of constrict
Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere
First Known Use: 1732
Synonym Discussion of constrict
Medical Definition of constrict
1: to make narrow or draw together <constrict the pupil of the eye>
2: to subject (as a body part) to compression <constrict a nerve>
: to become constricted
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