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Constipation   /kˌɑnstəpˈeɪʃən/   Listen

Irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis.  Synonym: irregularity.
The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).  Synonyms: deadening, impairment, stultification.

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"Constipation" Quotes from Famous Books

... — N. closure, occlusion, blockade; shutting up &c. v.; obstruction &c. (hindrance) 706; embolus; contraction &c. 195; infarction; constipation, obstipation[obs3]; blind alley, blind corner; keddah[obs3]; cul-de-sac, caecum; imperforation[obs3], imperviousness &c. adj.; impermeability; stopper &c. 263. V. close, occlude, plug; block up, stop up, fill up, bung up, cork up, button up, stuff up, shut up, dam up; blockade, obstruct &c. (hinder) ...
— Roget's Thesaurus

... Diagnosis, De Lee's Obstetrics, Mumford's Surgery, Cotton's Dislocations and Joint Fractures, Crandon and Ehrenfried's Surgical After-treatment, Sisson's Veterinary Anatomy, Anders and Boston's Medical Diagnosis, Gant's Constipation and Obstruction, Jordan's Bacteriology, and Kemp on Stomach, Intestines, and Pancreas. These books have made for themselves places among the best works on their ...
— The Elements of Bacteriological Technique • John William Henry Eyre

... of the animals caused gastric disturbances, alternately diarrhoea and constipation, enormous tympanitis, peritonitis. It is touching to read of the devotion of German cavalrymen to their poor horses. They would introduce the whole arm into the bowel to relieve the suffering creatures of ...
— Napoleon's Campaign in Russia Anno 1812 • Achilles Rose

... them. Many a young girl who "does not like vegetables" probably owes part of her languor to inadequate diet. The old-fashioned "touch of scurvy" formerly noticed at the end of the winter and even now not an unknown thing, was probably due to lack of vegetables in the winter diet. The constipation which is so disturbingly prevalent can usually be cured or prevented by eating vegetables and fruits in sufficient quantities. One of the most serious limitations in the diet of many of the very poor is the lack of vegetables as well as milk and the unduly large proportion of meat and ...
— Food Guide for War Service at Home • Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker

... everybody is persecuting him; also has the delusions that he has or can invent a wonderful electric machine which he wants to sell to the government for a hundred million dollars; said he would shoot himself and die in prison. Physical condition was not good. Patient suffered from obstinate constipation, peculiar shuffling gait, suggesting partial loss of control of legs and feet. Complained of constant headache on the top of his ...
— Studies in Forensic Psychiatry • Bernard Glueck

... indeed, that by choosing your diet, you cannot regulate your own bowels; and every woman may watch herself to know what kind of diet will do this; I have known deficiency of meat produce constipation, quite as often as deficiency of vegetables; baker's bread much oftener than either. Home made brown bread will oftener cure it than ...
— Notes on Nursing - What It Is, and What It Is Not • Florence Nightingale

... temporary ailments are caused by constipation, wrong diet or lack of exercise. The doctor gives a laxative, nature re-asserts herself, ...
— Evening Round Up - More Good Stuff Like Pep • William Crosbie Hunter

Words linked to "Constipation" :   constipate, obstipation, dyschezia, degradation, debasement, symptom, irregularity, fecal impaction

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