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hydragogue

[hahy-druh-gawg, -gog]
adjective
  1. causing the discharge of watery fluid, as from the bowels.
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noun
  1. Also hy·dra·gog. Pharmacology. a hydragogue agent.
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Origin of hydragogue

1630–40; < Latin hydragōgus < Greek hydragōgós water-conveying, equivalent to hydr- hydr-1 + agōgós leading, guiding (see -agogue)
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hydragogue

noun
  1. med any purgative that causes evacuation of water from the bowels
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hydragogue in Medicine

hydragogue

(hīdrə-gôg′)
n.
  1. 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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