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Pronunciation: kon-strik'shun


  1. A normally or pathologically contracted or narrowed portion of a structure.
  2. The act or process of binding or contracting, becoming narrowed; the condition of being constricted. squeezed.
  3. A subjective sensation of pressure or tightness, as if the body or any body part were tightly bound or squeezed.

Synonym(s): constrictioTA

[L. con-stringo, pp. -strictus, to draw together]

See Also: stricture, stenosis

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