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CONSTIPATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does constipation mean? 

CONSTIPATION (noun)
  The noun CONSTIPATION has 2 senses:

1. irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis
2. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)

  Familiarity information: CONSTIPATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSTIPATION (noun)


Sense 1constipation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

constipation; irregularity

Hypernyms ("constipation" is a kind of...):

symptom ((medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constipation"):

dyschezia (difficulty in defecating (usually as a consequence of long continued voluntary suppression of the urge to defecate))

fecal impaction (accumulation of hardened feces in the rectum or lower colon which the person cannot move)

obstipation (severe constipation resulting from an obstruction in the intestines)


Sense 2constipation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

deadening; constipation; stultification; impairment

Hypernyms ("constipation" is a kind of...):

debasement; degradation (changing to a lower state (a less respected state))


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