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laxative

[ lak-suh-tiv ]
/ ˈlæk sə tɪv /
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noun
a medicine or agent for relieving constipation.
adjective
of, relating to, or constituting a laxative; purgative.
Archaic.
  1. (of the bowels) subject to looseness.
  2. (of a disease) characterized by looseness of the bowels.
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Origin of laxative

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

OTHER WORDS FROM laxative

lax·a·tive·ly, adverblax·a·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for laxative

laxative
/ (ˈlæksətɪv) /

noun
an agent stimulating evacuation of faeces
adjective
stimulating evacuation of faeces

Word Origin for laxative

C14 (originally: relaxing): from Medieval Latin laxātīvus, from Latin laxāre to loosen
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Medical definitions for laxative

laxative
[ lăksə-tĭv ]

n.
A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
adj.
Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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