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adjective lax·a·tive \ˈlak-sə-tiv\

Definition of laxative

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

Origin and Etymology 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


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noun lax·a·tive

Definition of laxative

  1. :  a usually mild laxative drug

Examples of laxative in a sentence

  1. The doctor prescribed a laxative.

14th Century

First Known Use of laxative

14th century


LAXATIVE Defined for English Language Learners


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laxative

noun lax·a·tive

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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adjective lax·a·tive \ˈlak-sə-tiv\

Definition of laxative for Students

  1. :  tending to relieve constipation


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noun lax·a·tive

Definition of laxative for Students

  1. :  a medicine that relieves constipation


Medical Dictionary

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laxative

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adjective lax·a·tive \ˈlak-sət-iv\

Medical Definition of laxative

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

  2. 2:  lax 2

laxatively

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noun lax·a·tive

Medical Definition of laxative

  1. :  a usually mild laxative drug



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