obstruent

(redirected from Obstruent consonant)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

obstruent

 [ob´stroo-ent]
1. causing obstruction or blocking.
2. an agent that so acts.

ob·stru·ent

(ob'strū-ĕnt),
1. Rarely used term for obstructing or clogging.
2. Rarely used term for an agent that obstructs or prevents a normal discharge, especially a discharge from the bowels.
[L. obstruo, to build against, obstruct]

obstruent

(ŏb′stro͞o-ənt)
adj.
Obstructing or closing natural openings or passages of the body.
n.
1. An obstruent medicine or agent.
2. Linguistics A sound, such as a stop, fricative, or affricate, that is produced with complete blockage or at least partial constriction of the airflow through the nose or mouth.

obstruent

1. causing obstruction.
2. any agent or agency that causes obstruction.