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laxation

[lak-sey-shuh n] /lækˈseɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a loosening or relaxing.
2.
the state of being loosened or relaxed.
3.
a bowel movement.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English laxacion < Latin laxātiōn- (stem of laxātiō) a loosening, equivalent to laxāt(us) (past participle of laxāre to loosen, derivative of laxus; see lax) + -iōn- -ion
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laxation

/lækˈseɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of making lax or the state of being lax
2.
(physiol) defecation
Word Origin
C14: from Latin laxātio, from laxāre to slacken
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