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hydragogue

[ hahy-druh-gawg, -gog ]

adjective

  1. causing the discharge of watery fluid, as from the bowels.


noun

  1. Also hydra·gog. Pharmacology. a hydragogue agent.

hydragogue

/ ˈhaɪdrəˌɡɒɡ /

noun

  1. med any purgative that causes evacuation of water from the bowels


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hydragogue1

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

Used as a drastic hydragogue in dropsies; and in scrofula, &c.

The seeds contain an oil that is official in all Pharmacopœias as one of the most powerful hydragogue cathartics.

Cathartics, especially those of a hydragogue nature, are also very beneficial.

It is the most active hydragogue purgative known, causing also much depression and violent griping.

Gamboge (Cambogia) is a drastic hydragogue cathartic, causing much griping and irritation of the intestine.

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