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(əb-strŭkt′, ŏb-)
To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.

ob·struc′tive adj.

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Q. I recently had my surgery for bowel obstruction? I recently had my surgery for bowel obstruction? None of the diet was restricted for me by doctor but should I go for any special diet.

A. I had surgery in 08/08 during having a c-section and hernia repair, and I'm having diarrhea all the time. I don't know what to eat nor what medicines to take. Only Immodium AD helps temporary. If I have an appointment, I don't eat breakfast or lunch. I come home and eat dinner. About 30 minutes after eating, I'm in the bathroom. Can someone help me please? I have to return back to work next month, and I don't want to be in the bathroom more than I am at my desk.

Q. (COPD)chronic obstructive pulmonary disease the main causes of?

A. Mainly smoking, although ambient air pollution and industrial exposure to dust have also been implicated as causes.

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People who get into minor accidents, he said, should stop at the nearest suitable area that will not obstruct traffic, to avoid causing traffic congestion, and then head to the nearest police station from the site of the accident to get an accident report issued.
The central government obstructs the implementation of investment projects in the province," Mehdi al-Musawi told Aswat al-Iraq.
Any protest that uses violence, vandalizes public property, obstructs people from reaching their jobs or obstructs the flow of traffic, will be penalized," Cabinet Spokesman Magdy Rady told Daily News Egypt.
3 : to make (something) difficult to see <The new building obstructs their view of the ocean.
Anyone who obstructs emergency workers could face a fine of up to pounds 5,000 under rules which came into force this week.
It noted that Burma, Nepal and Cambodia are among countries where the political system obstructs a path to the realization of people's rights.