Definitions for obstruentˈɒb stru ənt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ob•stru•entˈɒb stru ənt(adj.)
(of a speech sound) characterized by stoppage or obstruction of the flow of air from the lungs.
(n.)an obstruent speech sound; a stop, fricative, or affricate.
Ref: Compare resonant (def. 7). 6
Origin of obstruent:
1660–70; < L obstruent-, s. of obstruēns, prp. of obstruere; see obstruct , -ent
a consonant sound formed by obstructing the airway, causing turbulence; the generic term of plosive, fricative and affricate
causing obstruction; blocking up; hindering; as, an obstruent medicine
anything that obstructs or closes a passage; esp., that which obstructs natural passages in the body; as, a medicine which acts as an obstruent