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laxative

adjective lax·a·tive \ ˈlak-sə-tiv \

Definition of laxative

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

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Origin and Etymology of laxative

Middle English laxatif, from Medieval Latin laxativus, from Latin laxatus, past participle of laxare to loosen, from laxus


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laxative

noun

Definition of laxative

: a usually mild laxative drug

Examples of laxative in a Sentence

  1. The doctor prescribed a laxative.

Recent Examples of laxative from the Web

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First Known Use of laxative

14th century


LAXATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

laxative

noun

Definition of laxative for English Language Learners

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


LAXATIVE Defined for Kids

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laxative

adjective lax·a·tive \ ˈlak-sə-tiv \

Definition of laxative for Students

: tending to relieve constipation

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laxative

noun

Definition of laxative for Students

: a medicine that relieves constipation

Medical Dictionary

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laxative

adjective lax·a·tive \ ˈlak-sət-iv \

medical Definition of laxative

1 : having a tendency to loosen or relax; specifically : relieving constipation
2 : lax 2

laxatively

adverb

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laxative

noun

medical Definition of laxative

: a usually mild laxative drug


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