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
abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
n abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
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abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve
abnormal narrowing of the intestine
abnormal narrowing of the larynx
abnormal narrowing of the opening into the pulmonary artery from the right ventricle
narrowing of the pyloric sphincter that blocks the passage of food from the stomach into the duodenum
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)
stenosis of the ureter
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any deviation from a healthy or normal condition