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.