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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Thus this approach may be considered both safe and effective as a temporary measure to relieve stone related biliary obstruction.
▪ Otherwise, clinical signs are absent except in the occasional case of intestinal or biliary obstruction.
▪ Baron etal compared the value of ultrasound and computed tomography in patients with suspected biliary obstruction.
▪ Whether the biliary obstruction caused by sclerosing cholangitis was self limiting or brought into remission by steroid treatment is unclear.
▪ Otherwise, clinical signs are absent except in the occasional case of intestinal or biliary obstruction.
▪ She continued to experience abdominal pain and at age 18 was admitted with absolute constipation and intestinal obstruction.
▪ Only four of the 42 patients with benign strictures had constipation and none had evidence of intestinal obstruction.
▪ In other words, all patients who presented with intestinal obstruction had malignant strictures.
▪ It involved another Down's baby, a girl called Alexandra, who required a life-saving operation to remove an intestinal obstruction.
▪ She gave a two month history of symptoms typical of intermittent small bowel obstruction before requiring a limited right hemicolectomy.
▪ He died of a bowel obstruction.
▪ Small bowel obstruction continues to occur after this operation despite increasing experience with the procedure.
▪ At age 20 she became pregnant and the pregnancy was complicated by episodes of small and large bowel obstruction.
▪ Seven patients had one or more episodes of partial or complete large bowel obstruction and four others were constipated.
▪ All the patients carried a diagnosis of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction based on recurrent symptoms of bowel obstruction without physical lesion.
▪ Any number of vehicles trying to pick up the finishers will have great difficulty parking and will probably cause a major obstruction.
▪ In summary, we report a case of a retroperitoneal pancreatic pseudocyst causing distal bilateral ureteric obstruction and bilateral hydronephrosis.
▪ Surely this would be the ideal place to locate these stall holders - still in the town centre but not causing obstructions.
▪ And don't cause an obstruction.
▪ Rarely, the fish slip inside the mouth and can cause acute respiratory obstruction with fatal consequences.
▪ Melissa's heart began to thump as she peered round to see what was causing the obstruction.
▪ They found an obstruction in one of the major arteries leading to the brain.
▪ Charsky catapulted into a rocky obstruction after tumbling a thousand feet or so.
▪ Do not land behind or close to another glider or obstruction.
▪ He died of a bowel obstruction.
▪ It involved another Down's baby, a girl called Alexandra, who required a life-saving operation to remove an intestinal obstruction.
▪ Later we discovered she had hit some obstruction and lost an engine - hence her strange behaviour.
▪ More obstruction calls mean more power plays, which will lead to an increase in scoring.
▪ The extradition attempts on charges of obstruction of justice failed primarily because of allegations of the torture of witnesses.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Obstruction \Ob*struc"tion\, n. [L. obstructio.]

  1. The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed.

  2. That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance.

    A popular assembly free from obstruction.

  3. The condition of having the natural powers obstructed in their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions; death. [Poetic]

    To die, and go we know not where, To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot.

    Syn: Obstacle; bar; barrier; impediment; clog; check; hindrance.

    Usage: Obstruction, Obstacle. The difference between these words is that indicated by their etymology; an obstacle is something standing in the way; an obstruction is something put in the way. Obstacle implies more fixedness and is the stronger word. We remove obstructions; we surmount obstacles.

    Disparity in age seems a greater obstacle to an intimate friendship than inequality of fortune.

    The king expected to meet with all the obstructions and difficulties his enraged enemies could lay in his way.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s, from Latin obstructionem (nominative obstructio) "an obstruction, barrier, a building up," noun of action from past participle stem of obstruere "build up, block, block up, build against, stop, bar, hinder," from ob "against" (see ob-) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)).


n. 1 The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed. 2 That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance. 3 The condition of having the natural powers obstructed in their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions; death.

  1. n. any structure that makes progress difficult [syn: obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta]

  2. the state or condition of being obstructed [syn: blockage]

  3. something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted; "lack of immagination is an obstacle to one's advancement"; "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education"; "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan" [syn: obstacle]

  4. the act of obstructing; "obstruction of justice"

  5. getting in someone's way

Obstruction (baseball)

In baseball, obstruction is when a fielder illegally hinders a baserunner running within the basepath.

Baserunners are generally permitted to run from base to base without being physically blocked or hindered by a fielder. The only time that a fielder is not obligated to "get out of the way" of a baserunner is when the fielder is fielding or in possession of the ball.


Obstruction may refer to:

  • Obstruction theory, in mathematics
  • Obstruction set in forbidden graph characterizations, in the study of graph minors in graph theory
  • Obstruction of justice, the crime of interfering with law enforcement
  • Obstructing government administration
  • Propagation path obstruction
    • Single Vegetative Obstruction Model
  • The Five Obstructions, a 2003 film
  • Obstruction Island, in Washington state
  • Obstruction Islands, east of New Guinea
  • Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006

Usage examples of "obstruction".

The feces may accumulate in the rectum, because they cannot pass this obstruction.

That extends to any mistruths, as those would fall under the heading of obstruction of justice and lying in an official investigation.

But if you go anywhere near the site, the morgue, or any crash-related record, item, or family member, I am to arrest you for obstruction of justice.

It is clear that the conveners resolved to press on with their task of world reorganization as far as they possibly could, without rousing the enfeebled and moribund political organizations of the past to obstruction and interference.

Had she been wearing an overdress, which buttoned up the front, she might have cleared the obstruction herself, as it was, she would find it very difficult.

There was a partial absence of the peritoneal sac, and the obstruction readily yielded to a clyster and laxative.

An appendage at that point is considered to spoil the recurve or obstruction.

And for half a round it worked, until Scapa noticed that there was no plaguey obstruction to beware of at the foot of these jumps, and began to go close in again, with the inevitable result.

The stilter stepped over obstructions and gullies without difficulty, and could also make fair progress on flat land.

In my opinion the superflux of blood has mounted to her head and caused some obstruction there.

The leading luminosity of a prowling string of ten stopped in mid-air as if barred by an unseeable obstruction.

Thus, in obstruction of the orifice at the junction of the aorta with the left ventricle, one of the most frequent of valvular lesions, a murmur, generally harsh in character, is heard with the first sound of the heart, with greatest intensity directly over the normal position or the aortic semilunar valves.

But when, lately, he desired to make some experiments on animals, still further to perfect our practice, so many obstructions were thrown in his way in England that HE WAS DRIVEN TO TOULOUSE to pursue his humane researches.

Where local and foreign milk alike are drawn into a general plan for protecting the interstate commerce in the commodity from the interferences, burdens and obstructions, arising from excessive surplus and the social and sanitary evils of low values, the power of the Congress extends also to the local sales.

The bushranger guessed at once the sort of country they had lighted on, which was a succession of abrupt stony hills like the huge waves of a sea suddenly petrified into solidity: an exceedingly difficult country to make progress in, either on horseback or on foot, for while the actual distance gained in a straight line, as the bird flies, is very small, the length of ground gone over is very great, and very fatiguing from the continual up and down movement, and from the annoying obstructions of the cutting fragments of sharp rock and loose stones met with at every step.