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v. con·strict·ed, con·strict·ing, con·stricts
1. To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.
2. To squeeze or compress.
3. To restrict the scope or freedom of; cramp: lives constricted by poverty.
To become constricted.

[Latin cōnstringere, cōnstrict-, to compress; see constrain.]

con·stric′tive adj.
con·stric′tive·ly adv.
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(Clothing & Fashion) (of a garment) tight
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Adj.1.constricting - (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
narrow - not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
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[kənˈstrɪktɪŋ] ADJ [dress, ideology] → estrecho
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What my sensations were no language can describe; but just as they all rose, stifling my breath and constricting my throat, a girl came up and passed me: in passing, she lifted her eyes.
There are different forms of penile constricting devices reported in the literature ranging from the use of hair strands, strings, rubber bands, plastic bottles, beer bottles to PVC pipes, and metal rings [2-6].
The fight began in the water - the crocodile was trying to hold its head out of the water at one time, and the snake was constricting it", BBC News quoted her.
There was no change in skin coloration or texture and no alteration of sensation distal constricting object (fig-1)
SYDNEY -- An Australian toddler had a lucky escape after being attacked by a python which wrapped itself around the sleeping child's arm and then began constricting and biting the infant.
Arteries are able to control blood pressure by relaxing and constricting. In healthy people, the ability of arteries to relax or constrict is kept in balance.
The presence of these constricting devices results in a potential penile compartment syndrome with an initial obstruction of both venous and lymphatic outflow distal to the device followed by arterial inflow obstruction, ultimately resulting in tissue ischemia and necrosis.[sup.13,14]
Painted in dark acrylic on canvas, they feature rear shots of torsos half submerged in the ground with twisting branches, roots and shoots constricting the body.
* Remove constricting rings or jewelry from the afflicted area before swelling starts.
11, 2001, disaster and Hurricane Katrina, alien reinsurers found themselves in a position where they had to dramatically increase their collateral as losses ceded to them spiked, constricting their ability to grow their business as the market hardened.
Eril prevents blood vessels from constricting with a new mechanism that inhibits the protein kinase, which is the last step in the vasoconstriction process.
Compounds that inhibit PDE-5 block that enzyme's constricting effect on blood vessel cells, thereby easing blood flow.