Obstruent definition

ŏbstro͝o-ənt
Obstructing or closing natural openings or passages of the body.
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An obstruent medicine or agent.
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(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.
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(rare) Obstructing; esp., blocking a passage of the body.
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(rare) Something, as a kidney stone, that blocks a passage of the body.
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Obstructing or closing natural openings or passages of the body.
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An obstruent medicine or agent.
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Causing obstruction; blocking up; hindering.

An obstruent medicine.

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(phonetics) A consonant sound formed by obstructing the airway, causing turbulence; the generic term of plosive, fricative and affricate.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
obstruent
Plural:
obstruents

Origin of obstruent

  • Latin obstruēns obstruent- present participle of obstruere to obstruct obstruct

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin obstruens

    From Wiktionary