laxative

[ lak-suh-tiv ]
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noun
  1. a medicine or agent for relieving constipation.

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or constituting a laxative; purgative.

  2. Archaic.

    • (of the bowels) subject to looseness.

    • (of a disease) characterized by looseness of the bowels.

Origin of laxative

1
1350–1400; Middle English laxatif (<Middle French ) <Medieval Latin laxātīvus loosening (see laxation, -ive)

Other words from laxative

  • lax·a·tive·ly, adverb
  • lax·a·tive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for laxative

laxative

/ (ˈlæksətɪv) /


noun
  1. an agent stimulating evacuation of faeces

adjective
  1. stimulating evacuation of faeces

Origin of laxative

1
C14 (originally: relaxing): from Medieval Latin laxātīvus, from Latin laxāre to loosen

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