January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p2088
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A definition of the term "stricture" is presented. It refers to a narrowing or constriction of the lumen of a tube, duct, or hollow organ such as the esophagus, ureter, or urethra. Strictures may be congenital or acquired. Acquired strictures may result from infection, trauma, fibrosis resulting from mechanical or chemical irritation, muscular spasm, or pressure from adjacent structures or tumors, which may be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause.


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