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

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A side effect of the drug is constipation.
Recent Examples on the Web That can trigger issues like bloating and constipation throughout the month, says Dr. Ravella. Camille Noe Pagan,, "3 Ways Your Hormones Affect Your Gut, and What That Means for Your Period," 23 Apr. 2020 Belly pain can be associated with acid reflux, food allergies, milk sensitivity or constipation. Craig Canapari, New York Times, "How to Sleep Train Your Baby," 18 Apr. 2020 In a piece for Doximity, Dr. Johnathan Kaplan shared that Marijuana and CBD offered a myriad of after-surgery benefits, including stopping eliminating opioid addiction, increasing appetite, and decreasing pain and side effects such as constipation., "Cannabis during breast cancer treatment: What are the benefits?," 7 Oct. 2019 One way to prevent constipation is always making sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, Dr. Sam adds. Samantha Lauriello,, "10 Things That Cause Belly Bloat, and How to Prevent Them," 20 Nov. 2019 There is the prodrome stage, which happens a few days before the onset of pain and can include constipation, yawning, food cravings and neck stiffness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 30 Dec. 2019 When given morphine, these animals had constipation and suppressed breathing that was sometimes more severe than in mice without a mutation. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Redesigning opioids may not prevent their fatal side effect," 27 Feb. 2020 Symptoms can include a high fever that reaches 103–104°F, along with stomach pain, weakness, diarrhea or constipation, loss of appetite, and/or head pain. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Zac Efron Reportedly Hospitalized With a Bacterial Infection," 30 Dec. 2019 Surprisingly, some studies suggest that many patients wind up feeling better on lower doses or none at all, as side effects such as lethargy, mental fog and extreme constipation fade away. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How to Break the Bonds of Opioids," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of constipation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2020

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“Constipation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of constipation

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


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Medical Definition of constipation

: abnormally delayed or infrequent passage of dry hardened feces

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