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constrict

V.
1. To narrow or make smaller, to shrink or contract.
2. To squeeze or compress.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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"There was a concern that some of these reforms may constrict lending to infrastructure," Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Assistant Governor Johnny Noe Ravalo said in an interview.
Southampton researchers led by Dr Graham Burdge, Reader in Human Nutrition, showed that polyunsaturated fats, which are converted into fat-like molecules called eicosanoids in order to make arteries constrict, are made by the muscle cells in the arteries rather than being taken up from blood, as previously thought.
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CHILDHOOD reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND) is a painful disease that constricts the veins and reduces the supply of oxygen to the skin, muscles and bones.
After six months, the arteries of mice exposed to airborne particles and fatty chow had the most plaque, the least ability to relax, the greatest tendency to constrict, and the most infiltrating immune cells, a sign of inflammation.
Diana Finkel, Clifton, N.J., explains that you could have Raynaud's Phenomenon, a condition in which blood vessels in fingers, toes, ears, lips and nose constrict often when exposed to cold.
Consumer advocacy group Gas Pump Watch recently released a legal analysis alleging that petroleum refiners engaged in illegal business practices to "constrict gasoline supplies and maximize profits through the rapid elimination of reformulated gasoline containing methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)." Gas Pump Watch said the analysis was submitted to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.
This system allows us to expand or constrict the defense according to our wishes.
This is because they constrict blood vessels, reducing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart.
They are formed by bacterial fermentation and cause blood vessels to constrict.
"Most of us believe that cocaine increases blood pressure mainly by preventing clearance or reuptake of noradrenaline from blood vessels into the nerve endings, and the excess levels of noradrenaline cause blood vessels to constrict. However, we found that this mechanism plays a very small role in humans.
During an asthma attack, the airways in the lungs constrict, forcing sufferers to work harder to get oxygen in.

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