Con`sti*pa"tion(?), n. [L. constipatio a crowding together: cf. F. constipation.] 1. Act of crowding anything into a less compass, or the state of being crowded or pressed together; condensation. [Obs.]
Fullness of matter, or a pretty close constipation . . . of its particles.Boyle.
2. A state of the bowels in which the evacuations are infrequent and difficult, or the intestines become filled with hardened fces; costiveness.
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