constrictor

noun
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

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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. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 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. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 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. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 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. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 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. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce constrictor (audio) \

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 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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