constipation

noun
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.

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According to the American Kennel Club, ingesting ice cream made for humans can cause gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting in dogs. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "PetSmart Is Giving Out Free Dog-Friendly Sundaes to Pups to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month," 8 July 2019 Some adults were only receiving bologna sandwiches, causing constipation and in some cases requiring medical attention. Nomaan Merchant, chicagotribune.com, "'A ticking time bomb’: Government photos show detained migrants pleading for help in overcrowded Border Patrol facilities," 2 July 2019 Some adults were only receiving bologna sandwiches, causing constipation and in some cases requiring medical attention. Nomaan Merchant, The Denver Post, "Government photos show detained migrants pleading for help," 2 July 2019 The effects of the drug can include extreme happiness, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, confusion, sedation or unconsciousness, and problems breathing. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "The Truth About The Fentanyl Scene In Euphoria," 25 June 2019 Be sure to drink plenty of water to help prevent constipation. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What is inulin, and why is it showing up in so many food products?," 12 June 2019 The fiber in whole or dried cranberries also helps prevent constipation and support digestive health. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Cranberries," 7 June 2019 But one of the lesser-talked-about bodily shifts that many women experience are stool changes like diarrhea and constipation. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "There's a Reason You Get Really Bad Diarrhea During Your Period," 3 June 2019 For example, stroke and diabetes can cause constipation by impacting the muscles or nerves involved in bowel movements, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Fiber Should I Be Eating to Feel Regular?," 30 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce constipation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce constipation (audio) \

Medical Definition of constipation

: abnormally delayed or infrequent passage of dry hardened feces

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