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constipation caused by failure of the colon to respond to the normal stimuli for evacuation, caused by loss of muscle tone. It may occur in elderly or bedridden patients or after prolonged dependence on laxatives. Also called colon stasis, lazy colon. See also fecal impaction, fecalith, inactive colon, constipation.
Constipation due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles of the colon and rectum.
See also: constipation
lacking in tone.
constipation caused by atony of the colon.