- causing the discharge of watery fluid, as from the bowels.
- Also hy·dra·gog. Pharmacology. a hydragogue agent.
Origin of hydragogue
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Purgatives and hydragogue cathartics usually fail to give relief, and add much to the patient's discomfort.
The highly irritable and congested intestinal mucous membrane precludes the employment of hydragogue cathartics.
Used in frictions on the abdomen as a hydragogue purgative, in mania, dropsy, &c.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
First in point of efficacy for this purpose are the hydragogue cathartics.
It is a powerful irritant, and is employed medicinally as a drastic and hydragogue cathartic.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
- med any purgative that causes evacuation of water from the bowels
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- Any of a class of cathartics that aid in the removal of edematous fluids and thus promote the discharge of watery fluid from the bowels.
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