con·sti·pa·tion | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈpā-shən \

Definition of constipation 

1 : abnormally delayed or infrequent passage of usually dry hardened feces

Examples of constipation in a Sentence

A side effect of the drug is constipation.

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Inadequate hydration can cause fatigue, poor appetite, heat intolerance, dizziness, constipation, kidney stones and a dangerous drop in blood pressure. New York Times, "How to Meet Your Body’s Water Needs," 9 July 2018 As anyone who has experienced writer's block will know, fretting too much about coming up with an original idea can cause creative constipation. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 Getting enough fiber helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, prevents certain cancers, eases constipation and keeps you feeling full for longer, which is helpful for weight management. Cara Rosenbloom,, "Ignore calories and BMI. Here are the health numbers that really matter.," 9 July 2018 Those choices wreak havoc on their health and lead to — or exacerbate — heart disease, diabetes, constipation and other issues. Michele Parente,, "San Diego's meal delivery and nutrition programs," 27 Apr. 2018 Side effects may include blurred vision, constipation, burning and itchy skin, head and throat pain, and dry mouth, eyes, and skin. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "FDA Approves Qbrexza, the First-Ever Prescription Treatment for Excessive Sweating," 2 July 2018 Possible side effects include dryness of the skin, mouth, eyes, nose and throat; sore throat; headaches; blurred vision and dilated pupils; and constipation and trouble urinating. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The FDA Approved a Topical Treatment for Excessive Underarm Sweating," 30 June 2018 Side effects of Qbrexza include blurred vision, constipation, burning and itchy skin, head and throat pain, and dry mouth, eyes and skin. Washington Post, "FDA OKs first drug made to reduce excessive sweating," 30 June 2018 Sheah Rarback A recent article in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research compared mangos with fiber for relief of constipation. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Ubiquitous mangos taste good - and are good for you, too," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of constipation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of constipation

: the condition of being unable to easily release solid waste from your body : the condition of being unable to have a bowel movement easily


con·sti·pa·tion | \ ˌkän-stə-ˈpā-shən \

Kids Definition of constipation

: difficult or infrequent passage of dry hard material from the bowels


con·sti·pa·tion | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈpā-shən \

Medical Definition of constipation 

: abnormally delayed or infrequent passage of dry hardened feces

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