constrict


con·strict

verb \kən-ˈstrikt\

: to make (something) narrower, smaller, or tighter

: to become narrower, smaller, or tighter

: to prevent or keep (something or someone) from developing freely

Full Definition of CONSTRICT

transitive verb
1
a :  to make narrow or draw together
b :  compress, squeeze <constrict a nerve>
2
:  to stultify, stop, or cause to falter :  inhibit
intransitive verb
:  to become constricted
con·stric·tive \-ˈstrik-tiv\ adjective

Examples of CONSTRICT

  1. The drug is used to constrict blood vessels.
  2. The declining economy has constricted job opportunities.
  3. a life constricted by poverty and disease
  4. He felt constricted by their notions of what was proper.

Origin of CONSTRICT

Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere
First Known Use: 1732

con·strict

transitive verb \kən-ˈstrikt\   (Medical Dictionary)

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>
intransitive verb
: to become constricted
con·stric·tive \-ˈstrik-tiv\ adjective

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