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constrict

V.
1. To narrow or make smaller, to shrink or contract.
2. To squeeze or compress.
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This lack of oxygen can cause acid to build, causing new pain that is then sent back through the cycle to cause the neurovascular nerves to constrict the blood flow again.
Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) increases the heart rate, constricts blood vessels, and opens the airways--a reaction often called the "fight or flight" response.
Signed in 2002 by President Bush (who had promised to veto any measure of the sort that constricts freedom of speech), the law places severe restrictions on political speech--via advertisements and other public messages--that mentions political candidates within an election period.
"At the same time, cocaine is decreasing the amount of blood flowing to the heart muscle, or blocking blood flow completely." This is because the drug constricts blood vessels.
Excessive pressure on the foot (especially the dorsum) constricts the nerves, arteries, veins, bones, tendons, and-joints of the foot.
In fact, it constricts the hit selection to just the inside pitch.
When actuated [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2 OMITTED], the inner ring moves up into the accumulator head, and the chamfer, now opposite a part of the outer ring that does not mirror it, constricts the flow passage in an ovalized pattern.
The complaint alleges that an oversized, unlicensed newsstand at that corner constricts pedestrian traffic flow to such a degree that people are forced to walk in the street to make their way east or west along the south side of 34th Street.
This debilitating condition, called pulmonary hypertension, constricts lung arteries.