constrictor

noun
con·​stric·​tor | \kən-ˈstrik-tər \

Definition of constrictor 

1 : a muscle that contracts a cavity or orifice or compresses an organ

2 : a snake (such as a boa constrictor) that coils around and compresses prey

3 : one that constricts

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Two weeks later, another round of nerve-blocking shots and a five-day course of nasal spray containing DHE, a potent vessel constrictor from the 1920s. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "My Seven-Month Migraine," 31 Jan. 2018 Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet (6 meters) long, have eliminated 99 percent of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Washington Post, "Florida marks milestone in Everglades python control program," 22 May 2018 Triptan, a class of vessel constrictors created to abort and lessen the effects of (not prevent) attacks at their onset was released in 1991. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "Why Did It Take So Long to Figure Out Migraines?," 22 May 2018 Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet long, have eliminated 99 percent of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Jennifer Kay, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hunters bag 1,000 pythons in Florida Everglades," 22 May 2018 The non-venomous constrictors mainly prey upon pocket gophers. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "Louisiana constrictor snake granted protection under the Endangered Species Act," 6 Apr. 2018 Harry Potter frees a boa constrictor at the zoo So sssssssweet of Harry to do this in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "11 Quality Snake Moments in Pop Culture History," 24 Aug. 2017 In just the last few days, for instance, Leach has shared articles about castles in the United States, Icelandic thermal pools, Steve Spurrier’s best insults and a family that found a boa constrictor living in its attic. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Washington State coach Mike Leach attacks Texas Tech, state law on Twitter," 13 Aug. 2017 A more suitable home was found for the boa constrictor, according to WFLA. Kate Irby, miamiherald, "A family heard weird noises in their attic for years – then they found the cause," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of constrictor

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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constrictor

noun
con·​stric·​tor | \kən-ˈstrik-tər \

Kids Definition of constrictor

: a snake (as a boa) that kills its prey by coiling around and crushing it

constrictor

noun
con·​stric·​tor | \-ˈstrik-tər \

Medical Definition of constrictor 

: a muscle that contracts a cavity or orifice or compresses an organ — see inferior constrictor, middle constrictor, superior constrictor

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