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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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Constipation (KAHN-stih-PAY-shun)
A condition in which stool becomes hard, dry, and difficult to pass, and bowel movements don’t happen very often. Other symptoms may include painful bowel movements, and feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.