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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 14 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CONSTIPATION (from Lat. constipare, to press closely together, whence also the adjective " costive "), the condition of body when the faeces are unduly retained, or there is difficulty in evacuation, tightness of the bowels (see DIGESTIVE ORGANS; and THERAPEUTICS). It may be due to constitutional peculiarities, sedentary or irregular habits, improper diet, &c. The treatmentvaries with individual cases, according to the cause at work, laxatives, dieting, massage, &c., being prescribed.
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