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[lak-sey-shuh n]
  1. a loosening or relaxing.
  2. the state of being loosened or relaxed.
  3. a bowel movement.
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Origin of laxation

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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British Dictionary definitions for laxation


  1. the act of making lax or the state of being lax
  2. physiol defecation
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin laxātio, from laxāre to slacken
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