- To constrict is to become narrower at one place, or to make something narrower or more restrictive.
When your throat begins to close up because of an allergic reaction, this is an example of a time when your throat constricts.
- to make smaller or narrower, esp. at one place, by binding, squeezing, or shrinking; contract
- to hold in; limit; restrict
Origin: ; from Classical Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere: see constrain
- constrictive adjective
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verb con·strict·ed, con·strict·ing, con·stricts verb, transitive
- To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.
- To squeeze or compress.
- To restrict the scope or freedom of; cramp: lives constricted by poverty.
Origin: Latin cōnstringere, cōnstrict-, to compress; see constrain.
- con·stricˈtive adjective
- con·stricˈtive·ly adverb
constrict - Medical Definition