stricture

One meaning of stricture is a nasty criticism, while the other is a sharp contraction of a tube or canal in the body. Either meaning can mean great pain to the person experiencing the stricture.

The noun stricture finds its roots in the Late Latin word strictūra, which came from the stem stringere, "to draw tightly." You might remember that meaning by its relationship with the word constrict, meaning "to tighten or draw in." The additional meaning, that of “a critical remark,” is often used in the plural form — like "the critical strictures against cheating."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: stricture

1
n
severe criticism
2
n
abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: stricture
1

n severe criticism

Type of:
criticism, unfavorable judgment
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
2

n abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway

Synonyms:
stenosis
Types:
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aortic stenosis
abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve
enterostenosis
abnormal narrowing of the intestine
laryngostenosis
abnormal narrowing of the larynx
pulmonary stenosis
abnormal narrowing of the opening into the pulmonary artery from the right ventricle
pyloric stenosis
narrowing of the pyloric sphincter that blocks the passage of food from the stomach into the duodenum
rhinostenosis
narrowing of the passages in the nasal cavities
mitral stenosis, mitral valve stenosis
obstruction or narrowing of the mitral valve (as by scarring from rheumatic fever)
ureterostenosis
stenosis of the ureter
Type of:
pathology
any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
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