Rare obstructing; esp., blocking a passage of the body
Origin of obstruentClassical Latin obstruens, present participle of obstruere, to block up: see obstruct
Rare something, as a kidney stone, that blocks a passage of the body
Obstructing or closing natural openings or passages of the body.
- An obstruent medicine or agent.
- Linguistics A sound, such as a stop, fricative, or affricate, that is produced with complete blockage or at least partial constriction of the airflow through the nose or mouth.
Origin of obstruentLatin obstru&emacron;ns, obstruent-, present participle of obstruere, to obstruct; see obstruct.
(comparative more obstruent, superlative most obstruent)
- Causing obstruction; blocking up; hindering.
- an obstruent medicine