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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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Adj.1.constrictive - (of circumstances) tending to constrict freedom
narrow - not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
2.constrictive - restricting the scope or freedom of action
restrictive - serving to restrict; "teenagers eager to escape restrictive home environments"
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The clinical presentation of tuberculous pericarditis is variable and includes acute pericarditis with or without effusion, cardiac tamponade, silent large pericardial effusion with a relapsing course, toxic symptoms with persistent fever, acute constrictive pericarditis, subacute constriction, or effusive-constrictive or chronic constrictive pericarditis.
It's understandable that Biel finds 'the jazz box' constrictive.
Constrictive phases characterize development of various types of perception, in his view.