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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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In essence, every time ignorant and incompetent people are used obstructively and wastefully at the helm of government agencies and public enterprises, competent personnel who serve under them are wasted too in the process, and the country loses at both ends (Ake 1991).
Boring cars don't help, driven obstructively by terminally beige people who would scarcely arouse interest if they burst into flames in your living room.
Most of the rails bookmakers lower their boards, but William Hill's still stands proudly, and obstructively.
He removed the shawl wrapped obstructively around the angel's shoulders and arms and the monstrance; yet the angel no longer gazes affectionately at St Pasquale but contemplates him with a more formal admiration of his piety.
Clearly you will not want to do this obstructively or unjustifiably, but if it really will be impossible, it will be to nobody's benefit for you to try, and then fail.
The pensions service, in its administrative anarchy and intimidation against state pensioners, is also obstructively failing to send out direct payments application forms which do not specify exactly where they should be returned to when completed.