constrictor


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constrictor

1. any of various nonvenomous snakes, such as the pythons, boas, and anaconda, that coil around and squeeze their prey to kill it
2. Anatomy any muscle that constricts or narrows a canal or passage; sphincter

constrictor

[kən′strik·tər]
(aerospace engineering)
The exit portion of the combustion chamber in some designs of ramjets, where there is a narrowing of the tube at the exhaust.
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The first boa constrictor is now recovering after receiving specialist care at an RSPCA reptile centre.
The boa constrictor was discovered on Wilton Lane at about 3.30pm last Thursday, followed by the Burmese Python at around 6.20pm on Friday.
Hook's letter explained that she was worried her beloved 15-year-old boa constrictor, Larry, had contracted inclusion body disease, a mystery illness that had already claimed the lives of her two other pet snakes.
It is thought to be a rat snake, which is a type of constrictor that is not venomous - although Cardiff Reptile Centre's Anthony Antonio said it would be able to give a "nasty bite" if disturbed.
The scientists used rats to entice their captive Boa constrictor to attack.
Although boa constrictors can be deadly this one is described by handlers as 'placid'.
Shakira, a two-year-old Colombian rainbow boa constrictor, disappeared from her tank on the seventh floor of St Anthony's House in Walker, Newcastle.
Potentially dangerous snakes including pythons and boa constrictors were among nearly 100 exotic animals stolen from a Birmingham pet shop.
The constrictor effects of toxin were significantly reduced by pretreating the animals with the anticholinergic agent atropine (58% inhibition), the glucocorticosteroid budesonide (49% inhibition), the [[beta].sub.2] adrenergic agent albuterol (71% inhibition), and the histamine [H.sub.1]-antagonist diphenhydramine (47% inhibition).
Schoolgirl Stacey Caldwell, 13, put her hand in the machine's return coin slot and found the boa constrictor.