obstipate

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin obstipatus, past participle of obstipare, from ob- +‎ stipare.

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obstipate (third-person singular simple present obstipates, present participle obstipating, simple past and past participle obstipated)

  1. (medicine) To induce severe constipation through an intestinal blockage
  2. (rare) To become or cause to become blocked up
    • 1926, Maxwell Struthers Burt, The Interpreter's House[1], page 136:
      Noisy, stuffy men smelling of tobacco smoke, their minds obstipated by clogged presumptions !

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