constipation

noun
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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The keto flu is host of flu-like symptoms such as aches, cramping, exhaustion, diarrhea, constipation, and general weakness experienced during the first four days the keto diet. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019 Nearly everyone experiences constipation at one point or another. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 Acute intakes of amounts of 20 milligrams per kilogram can cause other, less dire problems such as vomiting and constipation. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer," 11 Aug. 2018 Chemo can cause side effects like nausea and vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, mouth sores, constipation, diarrhea, and more. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Are My Options for Ovarian Cancer Treatment?," 13 Dec. 2018 But Davis says there can be too much of a good thing, and going overboard on protein can cause uncomfortable symptoms, like constipation and cramping, to pop up. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018 It is estimated that 20 percent of U.S. adults suffer from constipation. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Ubiquitous mangos taste good - and are good for you, too," 29 June 2018 Eaten raw, bracken can cause abdominal pain, constipation, and other symptoms. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run," 13 July 2018 Unable to keep down food or move his bowels, he was treated for pain with naproxen — which can cause or worsen ulcers — and then for constipation. NBC News, "Feds admit liability for death of Alabama inmate who died of ulcer," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of constipation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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constipation

noun

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

constipation

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

Kids Definition of constipation

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

constipation

noun
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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