Definition of constipation in English:


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  • 1A condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened feces.

    ‘Other commonly associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and constipation or diarrhea.’
    • ‘It isn't a disease but may be a symptom of severe constipation or emotional difficulties related to stool holding.’
    • ‘The drug should not be used by patients who are currently constipated or whose main bowel symptom is constipation.’
    • ‘These agents are not recommended for use in patients with severe chronic constipation or bowel disease.’
    • ‘Nausea, diarrhea, constipation and dehydration may all be side effects of chemotherapy.’
    • ‘Commonly in my practice the condition alternates between constipation and diarrhea.’
    • ‘Constipation, diarrhoea or alternating constipation and diarrhoea are common symptoms.’
    • ‘Other symptoms include fever, constipation and swelling of the stomach.’
    • ‘When severe, the pain can be accompanied by nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation or feeling faint.’
    • ‘At times, those with inflammatory bowel disease may also have constipation.’
    • ‘This helps the body to eliminate toxins and waste products, and will also help counteract the common pregnancy complaints of constipation and nausea.’
    • ‘Other possible side effects include headache, diarrhea, stomachache or constipation.’
    • ‘Symptoms include tiredness, constipation and sensitivity to the cold.’
    • ‘The pain was crampy, located in the left upper quadrant, and initially associated with constipation.’
    • ‘Side-effects of antacids can include looseness of the bowels and constipation.’
    • ‘Some people suffer from sore throats, attacks of diarrhea or constipation, and their skin may have a mottled look.’
    • ‘Common causes of fecal incontinence include constipation, diarrhea, and muscle or nerve damage.’
    • ‘A doctor may also prescribe medications to relieve diarrhea or constipation.’
    • ‘Women are more likely to suffer from constipation than diarrhoea.’
    • ‘It is easy on the digestive system so the baby is less likely to have constipation or diarrhea.’
    1. 1.1A high level of constraint or restriction; a pronounced lack of ease.
      ‘literary constipation’
      • ‘The result has been a form of social constipation, a culture of non-performance in regard to expeditious implementation.’
      • ‘Wales's gregariousness is real enough, but so is the chronic social constipation of its governing classes in which everyone knows everyone else.’
      • ‘I'm having Creative Constipation.’
      • ‘I guess you could say it's a cure for creative constipation.’
      • ‘My grueling five days of creative constipation has ended!’



/ˌkänstəˈpāSH(ə)n/ /ˌkɑnstəˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘contraction of body tissues’): from late Latin constipatio(n-), from the verb constipare (see constipated).