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 The major symptom of a slow intestinal transit time is constipation, which is the passage of hard, dry stools. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 27 July 2022 Progesterone impacts the motility of the intestinal tract, leading to constipation and bloating. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, 15 July 2022 Videos claim the drinks helps with a range of issues including constipation and bloating. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 This product is advertised as a treatment for a variety of digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea, as well as constipation and bloating. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Fiber supplements are best reserved for people who need them for treatment of diarrhea or constipation. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 22 June 2022 This item is meant to relieve constipation, diarrhea, cramps, and bloating. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 When that happens, people might experience GI distress, including gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Isadora Baum, Men's Health, 13 June 2022 The most common side effects reported were nausea, diarrhea and constipation. Sandee Lamotte And Virginia Langmaid, CNN, 6 June 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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