constriction

noun
con·​stric·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrik-shən How to pronounce constriction (audio) \

Definition of constriction

1 : an act or product of constricting
2 : the quality or state of being constricted
3 : something that constricts

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Examples of constriction in a Sentence

tried to ease the tie's constriction of his neck

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The sympathetic nervous system makes sure the small blood vessels in your body’s tissue maintain a baseline level of constriction. Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, "Why do people faint?," 20 June 2019 These triggers provoke inflammation, constriction, and excessive mucus production in a person’s airways, which can lead to symptoms like shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, and wheezing (an alarming whistling sound during breathing). Korin Miller, SELF, "7 People Describe What an Asthma Attack Actually Feels Like," 14 Nov. 2018 Overall, the software recommended lower doses of IV fluids and higher doses of drugs that cause constriction of blood vessels. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AIs trained to help with sepsis treatment, fracture diagnosis," 27 Oct. 2018 It is considered unhealthy, an almost cowardly psychic constriction. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 Be alert to signs of allergic reaction, which may include swelling of the face, eyes, lips and throat, constriction of the airway, a weak and rapid pulse, nausea and dizziness. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Lungs Starting at around 9,000 feet, your lungs may begin to swell due to a constriction of blood vessels, which can cause fluid to leak and accumulate. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "What Happens to Your Body When You Climb Everest," 11 June 2018 This success rate is similar to that of triptans but without the risks associated with constriction of blood vessels. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 1 May 2017 Choe, working with cinematographer Zoë White, frames the early scenes using a square aspect ratio, putting emotional constriction into visual terms. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Andrea Riseborough brings complexity to an emotional void in the melancholic 'Nancy'," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of constriction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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constriction

noun
con·​stric·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrik-shən How to pronounce constriction (audio) \

Kids Definition of constriction

: an act or instance of drawing together

constriction

noun
con·​stric·​tion | \ -ˈstrik-shən How to pronounce constriction (audio) \

Medical Definition of constriction

1 : an act or product of constricting
2 : the quality or state of being constricted
3 : something that constricts

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