- constipation:  Latin constīpātiō originally meant ‘condition of being closely packed or compressed’. Its English descendant constipation was briefly used in that literal sense in the 17th and 18th centuries, but for the most part it has been a medical term: at first for constriction of some internal organ, blood vessel, etc, and from the mid-16th century for impaired bowel function. The Latin past participle constīpātus passed into Old French as costive, which English acquired, via an unrecorded Anglo-Norman *costif ‘constipated’ .
=> costive, stevedore, stiff
- constipation (n.)
- c. 1400, "constriction of tissue," from Late Latin constipationem (nominative constipatio), noun of state from Latin constipare "to press or crowd together," from com- "together" (see com-) + stipare "to cram, pack" (see stiff (adj.)). Specifically of the bowel condition since 1540s.
- 1. Try to make sure your bowel motions are regular and that you avoid any constipation.
- 2. Some foods bind the bowels / are binding , ie cause constipation.
- 3. Which of the following living habits helps to reduce constipation?
- 4. Please ensure adequate amount of water is consumed to prevent constipation.
- 5. Constipation should eat less acidic fruits, so asto add to constipation.
- 便秘的人应少吃酸性水果, 以免加重便秘.
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