stricture


stric·ture

noun \ˈstrik-chər\

: a law or rule that limits or controls something

: a strong criticism

Full Definition of STRICTURE

1
a :  an abnormal narrowing of a bodily passage; also :  the narrowed part
b :  a constriction of the breath passage in the production of a speech sound
2
:  something that closely restrains or limits :  restriction <moral strictures>
3
:  an adverse criticism :  censure

Examples of STRICTURE

  1. <the church's strictures on the morals and mores of contemporary society>
  2. <the new zoning strictures effectively make further development along the riverfront commercially unviable>

Origin of STRICTURE

Middle English, from Late Latin strictura, from Latin strictus, past participle
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with STRICTURE

stric·ture

noun \ˈstrik-chər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STRICTURE

: an abnormal narrowing of a bodily passage (as from inflammation, cancer, or the formation of scar tissue) <esophageal stricture>; also : the narrowed part

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