obstruent(redirected from obstruents)
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Obstructing or closing natural openings or passages of the body.
1. An obstruent medicine or agent.
2. Linguistics A sound, such as a stop, fricative, or affricate, that is produced with complete blockage or at least partial constriction of the airflow through the nose or mouth.
[Latin obstruēns, obstruent-, present participle of obstruere, to obstruct; see obstruct.]
(Medicine) causing obstruction, esp of the intestinal tract
(Medicine) anything that causes obstruction
[C17: from Latin obstruere to obstruct]
ob•stru•ent(ˈɒb stru ənt)
1. (of a speech sound) characterized by stoppage or obstruction of the flow of air from the lungs.n.
2. an obstruent speech sound; a stop, fricative, or affricate. Compare resonant (def. 7).
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|Noun||1.||obstruent - a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth|
consonant - a speech sound that is not a vowel
occlusive, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, stop consonant, stop - a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it; "his stop consonants are too aspirated"
continuant, continuant consonant - consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract