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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Recent Examples on the Web Case in point: Corn snakes, a popular, nonvenomous pet which winds around prey constrictor-style, love dining on mice. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home," 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?, "Florida hunter makes Christmas cookies with python eggs," 28 Dec. 2020 The function of this ACE2 is to break down angiotensin 2, a vasal constrictor. Lauren Caruba,, "San Antonio vascular expert explains how coronavirus, COVID-19, can cause blood clots and stroke, even in young people," 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, "Florida doubles efforts to hunt invasive pythons," 7 Aug. 2019 The pythons are mostly ambush hunters, and constrictors. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Large constrictor snakes have not existed in North America for millions of years. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Beth Koehler and Peggy van Gorder, who co-own a dog-grooming business in St. Petersburg, have turned out to be terrors for the giant non-native constrictors that have been consuming Everglades wildlife. David Fleshler,, "During the day, these women groom dogs. At night they kill pythons," 28 June 2019 As successes ebb and flow and alliances strain and stretch, Mechling zooms in on the constrictor knot of adult female friendships. Vogue, "10 New Books to Read This Summer," 31 May 2019

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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 17 May. 2021.

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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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