Constipation occurs when waste material moves too slowly through the large bowel, causing the infrequent bowel movement. Bowel transit time should be about 12 hours. If the body's transit time is longer than 12 hours, then constipation is occurring. This may cause the excrement to become dry, hard, pellet-like, and difficult to pass.
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