- (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.|Kevin Canfield|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Bruni candidly writes of his weight struggles, which included bulimia, laxative abuse, and junk-food binges.
If one or two tablespoonfuls are taken at night and before breakfast, it may act as a laxative.Dietetics for Nurses|Fairfax T. Proudfit
The habitual use of cathartic and laxative drugs is most unwise, because they tend to aggravate the trouble.
Administered to invalids it is cooling, refreshing, and laxative.British Pomology|Robert Hogg
It is not very powerful in its action; its effect upon the system being quite as much alterative as laxative.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Foods should possess sufficient bulk to promote the action of the intestines and should contain a due amount of laxative elements.How to Live|Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
British Dictionary definitions for laxative
Word Origin for laxative
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.