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  • n. The act of confining, or the state of being confined; imprisonment.
  • n. Formerly, strangulation, as in hernia.
  • n. A constriction of the hernial sac, rendering it irreducible, but not great enough to cause strangulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of confining, or the state of being confined; imprisonment.
  • n.
  • n. Formerly, strangulation, as in hernia.
  • n. A constriction of the hernial sac, rendering it irreducible, but not great enough to cause strangulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of incarcerating or imprisoning; imprisonment.
  • n. In surgery, obstinate constriction, as of a hernia, or retention, as of the placenta in childbirth; strangulation, as in hernia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being imprisoned

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