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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Constipation  \Con`sti*pa"tion\,  n.  [L.  constipatio  a  crowding 
  together:  cf  F.  constipation.] 
  1.  Act  of  crowding  anything  into  a  less  compass,  or  the  state 
  of  being  crowded  or  pressed  together;  condensation.  [Obs.] 
 
  Fullness  of  matter,  or  a  pretty  close  constipation  . 
  .  .  of  its  particles.  --Boyle. 
 
  2.  A  state  of  the  bowels  in  which  the  evacuations  are 
  infrequent  and  difficult,  or  the  intestines  become  filled 
  with  hardened  f[ae]ces;  costiveness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  constipation 
  n  :  irregular  and  infrequent  or  difficult  evacuation  of  the 
  bowels;  can  be  a  symptom  of  intestinal  obstruction  or 
  diverticulitis  [syn:  {irregularity}] 




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