con·​sti·​pa·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce constipation (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web For constipation, select a probiotic with B. longum. Ana Sanchez,, "The best baby probiotic," 5 Apr. 2021 The scorpion loses its ability to defecate, ensuring a slow death by constipation over the ensuing months. Bradley Allf, Smithsonian Magazine, "For Constipated Scorpions, Females Suffer Reproductively. Males, Not So Much.," 1 Mar. 2021 There are literally dozens of possible root causes for constipation or bowel blockage in canines. Michael Pollick,, "The best dog laxative," 28 Feb. 2021 Warm prune juice itself has been long used as a natural constipation remedy as well. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "4 Amazing Prune Health Benefits You Need to Know About," 18 Feb. 2021 The skin discharge was not the most debilitating of her dozen-plus symptoms, which included headaches, nerve pain, cognitive dysfunction, hair loss, constipation, and extreme weight loss, but this one seemed especially sinister. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "The Forever Disease: How Covid-19 Became a Chronic Condition," 2 Feb. 2021 People have used garlic in traditional medicine for thousands of years, the dieticians wrote, to treat arthritis, coughs, constipation, infections, toothaches and more. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "5 spices that help to fight inflammation," 27 Jan. 2021 Unintentional intake of trazodone can results in sedation, dizziness, constipation and blurred vision. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Drugs recalled after 'mix-up' packages depression medication and erectile dysfunction drug together," 10 Dec. 2020 Trazodone may cause sedation, constipation, blurry vision and dizziness. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Erectile dysfunction medication, antidepressant recalled after being packaged together in 'product mix-up'," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of constipation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Constipation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce constipation (audio) \

Kids Definition of constipation

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


con·​sti·​pa·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce constipation (audio) \

Medical Definition of constipation

: abnormally delayed or infrequent passage of dry hardened feces

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