adjective lax·a·tive \ˈlak-sə-tiv\

Definition of LAXATIVE

:  having a tendency to loosen or relax; specifically :  producing bowel movements and relieving constipation

Origin of LAXATIVE

Middle English laxatif, from Medieval Latin laxativus, from Latin laxatus, past participle of laxare to loosen, from laxus
First Known Use: 14th century



medical : a medicine or food that makes it easier for solid waste to pass through the body

Full Definition of LAXATIVE

:  a usually mild laxative drug

Examples of LAXATIVE

  1. The doctor prescribed a laxative.

First Known Use of LAXATIVE

14th century


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