a condition in which the feces are hard and elimination from the bowels is infrequent and difficult: also used fig. to suggest stagnation, constraint, obstinacy, etc.
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)
OriginSee also: constipâtion
From Latin constipatio.