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1. pertaining to, characterized by, or producing constipation.
2. an agent that so acts.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Pertaining to or causing constipation.
[contraction from L. constipo, to press together]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


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

cos′tive·ly adv.
cos′tive·ness n.
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Suffering from, or causing, constipation.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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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