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(ŏb-struk-shŏn)

the condition of being blocked, which may affect any tubular organ or structure. intestinal o. blockage of the intestines, producing symptoms of vomiting, distension, and abdominal pain; failure to pass flatus or faeces (complete constipation) is usual. The causes may be acute (e.g. hernia) or chronic (e.g. tumours, Crohn's disease).

—obstructive (ŏb-struk-tiv) adj.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.


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