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laxative

[lak-suh-tiv] /ˈlæk sə tɪv/
noun
1.
a medicine or agent for relieving constipation.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or constituting a laxative; purgative.
3.
Archaic.
  1. (of the bowels) subject to looseness.
  2. (of a disease) characterized by looseness of the bowels.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English laxatif (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin laxātīvus loosening (see laxation, -ive)
Related forms
laxatively, adverb
laxativeness, noun
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Examples from the web for laxative
  • The funniest scene in the movie involves a powerful laxative, a broken toilet and some graphically colorful sound effects.
  • The boys retaliate by trying to slip him a laxative mixed into a breakfast cupcake.
  • Always talk to your doctor before using any laxative medicines.
  • The day before the test you will be given laxative solution to clean out the colon.
  • Dinosaurs went extinct when they overgrazed a laxative fern to extinction, hence coprolites.
British Dictionary definitions for laxative

laxative

/ˈlæksətɪv/
noun
1.
an agent stimulating evacuation of faeces
adjective
2.
stimulating evacuation of faeces
Word Origin
C14 (originally: relaxing): from Medieval Latin laxātīvus, from Latin laxāre to loosen
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Word Origin and History for laxative
adj.

late 14c., from Old French laxatif (13c.), from Medieval Latin laxativus "loosening," from Latin laxatus, past participle of laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose, lax" (see lax). The noun meaning "a laxative medicine" is from late 14c.

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laxative in Medicine

laxative lax·a·tive (lāk'sə-tĭv)
n.
A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels. adj.
Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.

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