con·​stric·​tor | \ kən-ˈstrik-tər How to pronounce constrictor (audio) \

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

Examples of constrictor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The constrictor cuts off blood flow to the heart and brain. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2022 Police said the younger man kept 11 non-venomous constrictor snakes and a gecko in his apartment, in terrariums and drawers. Fox News, 5 July 2021 Case in point: Corn snakes, a popular, nonvenomous pet which winds around prey constrictor-style, love dining on mice. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2021 How about python jerky, a plate of constrictor and grits for breakfast or maybe a nice Christmas cookie whipped up with snake-yolk dough?, 28 Dec. 2020 The function of this ACE2 is to break down angiotensin 2, a vasal constrictor. Lauren Caruba,, 9 July 2020 Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet (6 meters) long, have eliminated 99% of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2019 The pythons are mostly ambush hunters, and constrictors. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, 11 July 2019 Large constrictor snakes have not existed in North America for millions of years. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, 11 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of constrictor

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Constrictor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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con·​stric·​tor | \ kən-ˈstrik-tər How to pronounce constrictor (audio) \

Kids Definition of constrictor

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


con·​stric·​tor | \ -ˈstrik-tər How to pronounce constrictor (audio) \

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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