constipation

noun con·sti·pa·tion \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈpā-shən \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of constipation

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

Examples of constipation in a Sentence

  1. A side effect of the drug is constipation.

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First Known Use of constipation

15th century


CONSTIPATION Defined for English Language Learners

constipation

noun

Definition of constipation for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

constipation

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

Definition of constipation for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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