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
Recent Examples on the Web Plans filed with the state say that constriction will start in August to remodel the 136,000-square-foot building. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Health care school ready to start Richardson campus construction," 22 June 2020 Was lockdown a relief or a greater form of constriction? Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The Italian Supermodel Who Was Already Hiding in Her Apartment," 30 Apr. 2020 Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction that can cause constriction of the airways, throat swelling, loss of consciousness, and a severe drop in blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jamie Primeau, NBC News, "1st peanut allergy drug for children approved by FDA," 1 Feb. 2020 The scientists applied warming patches to the face because physiology says cooling the face causes constriction of the blood vessels that supply the hands and feet. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Found a Way to Keep Your Hands Warm Without Gloves," 14 Jan. 2020 The allergies are believed to cause more deaths from anaphylaxis — an acute physiological response that includes lowered blood pressure, shock and constriction of the airways — than any other food allergy, though the precise number is not known. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "For Children With Peanut Allergies, F.D.A. Experts Recommend a New Treatment," 13 Sep. 2019 But for those having to endure the less shattering but still heart-rending disappointments that follow from our efforts at limiting the spread of the contagion, the constriction of horizons is no less real. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "When time stops," 17 Apr. 2020 But the inefficiency and constrictions of the offense are grating for the GOAT. BostonGlobe.com, "Welcome to Tom Brady’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.," 24 Nov. 2019 Infection may also lead to blood vessel constriction. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of constriction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Constriction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constriction. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for constriction

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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