Laxative meaning

lăksə-tĭv
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Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.
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Causing looseness or relaxation, especially of the bowels.
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Tending to make lax; specif., making the bowels loose, as in relieving constipation.
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Any laxative medicine or substance; mild cathartic.
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A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
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Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.
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Causing looseness or relaxation, especially of the bowels.
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Having the effect of moving the bowels, or aiding digestion and preventing constipation.
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Any substance, such as a food or in the form of a medicine which has a laxative effect.
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A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
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Origin of laxative

  • 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 lax

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition