laxative definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English laxatif ; from Old French ; from Midieval Latin laxativus ; from Late Latin mitigating ; from past participle of Classical Latin laxare, to relax, slacken ; from laxus: see lax
laxative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.
- Causing looseness or relaxation, especially of the bowels.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French laxatif, from Medieval Latin laxātīvus, preventing constipation, from Late Latin, assuaging, from Latin laxātus, past participle of laxāre, to relax, from laxus, loose; see lax.
laxative - Medical Definition