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costive

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adjective cos·tive \ˈkäs-tiv, ˈkȯs-\

Definition of costive

  1. 1 a :  affected with constipation b :  causing constipation

  2. 2 :  slow in action or expression

  3. 3 :  not generous :  stingy

cos·tive·ly adverb
cos·tive·ness noun


Origin of costive

Middle English, from Anglo-French costivé, past participle of costiver to constipate, from Latin constipare


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

costive

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adjective cos·tive \ˈkäs-tiv, ˈkȯs-\

Medical Definition of costive

  1. 1:  affected with constipation

  2. 2:  causing constipation

  3. cos·tive·ness noun




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