Etymology
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constipation (n.)

c. 1400, "costiveness, bowel condition in which evacuations are obstructed or difficult" (more fully, constipacioun of þe wombe), from Late Latin constipationem (nominative constipatio), noun of state from past-participle stem of Latin constipare "to press or crowd together," from assimilated form of com- "together" (see con-) + stipare "to cram, pack" (see stiff (adj.)).

updated on March 10, 2018

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Definitions of constipation from WordNet

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