laxative

adjective
lax·​a·​tive | \ ˈlak-sə-tiv How to pronounce laxative (audio) \

Definition of laxative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

laxative

noun

Definition of laxative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually mild laxative drug

Examples of laxative in a Sentence

Noun The doctor prescribed a laxative.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Early on, investigators focused on the additive polyethylene glycol, which is present in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and better known as the main ingredient in the over-the-counter laxative Miralax. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, 14 May 2021 Another form of laxative uses mineral or petroleum-based oils to lubricate the dog’s intestines and colon, reducing the amount of friction against hardened stools. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2021 Support healthy digestion: The fiber content of prunes may be to thank for their laxative effect, but scientists point to the combination of fiber, phenolic compounds and sorbitol within prunes that are likely what does the trick. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 18 Feb. 2021 Those ingredients included things like sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that was taken off the market due to the risk for strokes, as well as the laxative phenolphthalein. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 17 Dec. 2020 Out of the fog and concrete came a style of pop that blended love ballads, fantasy and anti-establishment attitude with all the smoothness of a laxative chew. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 From tweets bemoaning why another platform would add the story function to memes about the name's similarities to the laxative enema brand, the function has been widely mocked. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2020 The key to a successful colonoscopy is making sure your doctor can get a good look at every inch of your colon—and that means drinking a laxative solution and following certain dietary restrictions to get your insides squeaky-clean. Ginny Graves, Health.com, 31 Aug. 2020 The pattern also typically leads to rebound overeating, which may be followed by guilt, and a return to the strict diet or another form of compensation, like excessive exercise, or even laxative or diet pill use, or smoking. Cynthia Sass, Health.com, 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If nothing has changed after a few days, your doctor may advise you to move on to other methods, such as a natural children's laxative. Rachel Boller, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2021 Giving a dog a laxative orally can be an exercise in canine psychology. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2021 PEGs are also used in everyday products such as toothpaste and shampoo as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture carriers, and they’ve been used as a laxative for decades. Jop De Vrieze, Science | AAAS, 21 Dec. 2020 And for future Survivor players, coconut is a laxative. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 4 Aug. 2020 In reality, nearly all of these teas contain a herb called senna, which is a natural laxative. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 6 Mar. 2020 Someone stole several boxes of laxative from CVS Pharmacy, 345 Madison St., between 1 p.m. and 1:08 p.m. Nov. 7. chicagotribune.com, 10 Nov. 2019 Or fear of weight gain may be supplemented by shame over calorie intake, which may be relieved by vomiting (purging) or using laxatives. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2019 Medium chain triglycerides are sold in oil form as a dietary supplement, and polyethylene glycol is the active ingredient in over-the-counter laxatives. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of laxative

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laxative

Adjective

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

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The first known use of laxative was in the 14th century

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“Laxative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laxative. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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laxative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of laxative

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

laxative

adjective
lax·​a·​tive | \ ˈlak-sə-tiv How to pronounce laxative (audio) \

Kids Definition of laxative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending to relieve constipation

laxative

noun

Kids Definition of laxative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicine that relieves constipation

laxative

adjective
lax·​a·​tive | \ ˈlak-sət-iv How to pronounce laxative (audio) \

Medical Definition of laxative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from laxative

laxatively adverb

laxative

noun

Medical Definition of laxative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually mild laxative drug

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