- a medicine or agent for relieving constipation.
- of, relating to, or constituting a laxative; purgative.
- (of the bowels) subject to looseness.
- (of a disease) characterized by looseness of the bowels.
Origin of laxative
Examples from the Web for laxative
And around 1817, Randel, who seemed to be having liver trouble, received large doses of mercury as a laxative.The Manhattan Project: The Legacy of John Randel Jr.
February 21, 2013
Bruni candidly writes of his weight struggles, which included bulimia, laxative abuse, and junk-food binges.Frank Bruni Revealed
August 18, 2009
The food should be appetizing, nutritious, and of a laxative nature.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
As they have laxative powers, they help to purify the blood up to a limit.A Guide to Health
Alkaloids and drugs used for a laxative effect were not found.
Administered to invalids it is cooling, refreshing, and laxative.British Pomology
It is also important to give the cow a sloppy, laxative diet.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- an agent stimulating evacuation of faeces
- stimulating evacuation of faeces
Word Origin and History for laxative
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.
- A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
- Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.