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- n. constriction or contraction of a natural passage, as in constipation from inflammation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Constriction or contraction of some natural passage, as in constipation from inflammation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Narrowness or constriction in any sense; in pathology, unnatural contraction of any natural opening, as of the anus; constipation from inflammation. Also called arctitude.
Latin arctus shut in, narrow, past participle of arcere to shut in: compare French arctation. (Wiktionary)