stric·ture / ˈstrikchər/ • n. 1. a restriction on a person or activity: religious strictures on everyday life.2. a sternly critical or censorious remark or instruction: his strictures on their lack of civic virtue.3. Med. abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body: a colonic stricture | jaundice caused by bile duct stricture. DERIVATIVES: stric·tured adj.
A. (path.) morbid narrowing XIV (rare before XVII); †binding, tight closure;
B. †touch, slight trace; incidental comment; (now) adverse criticism XVII. — L. strictūra, f. strict-, pp. stem of stringere, repr. two orig. different words, (A) touch, stroke, fig. blame, rel. to STRIKE, (B) draw tight, rel. to STRANGLE, STRING.