Show Summary Details

Quick Reference


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.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.