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1. pertaining to, characterized by, or producing constipation.
2. an agent that so acts.


Pertaining to or causing constipation.
[contraction from L. constipo, to press together]


a. Suffering from constipation.
b. Causing constipation.
2. Slow; sluggish.
3. Stingy.

cos′tive·ly adv.
cos′tive·ness n.


Suffering from, or causing, constipation.


1. pertaining to, characterized by, or producing constipation.
2. an agent that depresses intestinal motility.

Patient discussion about costive

Q. treatment for constipation

A. you can also try colace,its an over the counter product

Q. How Do You Treat Constipation? I have been suffering from constipation in the last week and it is very disturbing. Are there any ways to treat it?

A. I found that I was lacking in magnesium. I take Magnesium Citrate tablets - up to 400 mg. Regulate it yourself if you get diarrhia take less.
Here is a good article on the need for Magnesium...
Lawrence Resnick, M.D., a professor of medicine at Cornell Medical Center urges getting at least 1 milligram of magnesium for each 2mg of calcium.

Q. How to help with constipation? I am 15 weeks pregnant and am suffering from constipation. How can I get rid of it?

A. rty benefiber ,there no taste ,mixes with water,and is healthy

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let him rub all the soles of his feete, and the heeles, and his ancles, with a mouse skinne, or if none of your people can catch a mouse, when hee goes to bed, let him rowle his feete in the warme embers, and I warrant you hee shall be well, and you may make him put his fingers betweene his toes and smell to them, it's very soveraigne for his head if he be costive.
Humphreys and the Boults gave an absorbed account of Brahms' F minor Piano Quintet, but not even their devotion could disguise the fact that this is a costive, laboured, chippy piece of work.