a condition in which the feces are hard and elimination from the bowels is infrequent and difficult
Origin of constipationMiddle English constipacioun ; from Old French constipation ; from Classical Latin constipatio: see constipate
- Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry hardened feces from the bowels.
- Obstruction; stultification.
(countable and uncountable, plural constipations)
- Act of crowding anything into a lesser compass, or the state of being crowded or pressed together; condensation.
- A state of the bowels in which the evacuations are infrequent and difficult, or the intestines become filled with hardened faeces; costiveness.
From Latin constipatio.