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 Vi-Jon issued a recall for various laxative products that might have been exposed to microbial contamination. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 July 2022 Scottsdale Police Department investigated after a laxative bottle was apparently tampered with and replaced with antidepressants. Jodicee Arianna, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2022 As a parallel example, this phenomenon also occurs when a person ingests lactulose, a synthetic, nondigestible sugar that’s used as a laxative drug. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2020 The relief that comes with the laxative effect of detox diets may appear to be evidence that toxins were removed. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 These adverts are always questionable, flogging the likes of laxative tea as a weight loss aid. Gina Tonic, refinery29.com, 21 June 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The box that was taped up was an Equate brand laxative. Jodicee Arianna, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2022 Reddick said her father gave her a laxative and told her to drink some apple juice, the documents indicate. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 12 June 2022 You’ll be given a laxative of some sort (either over-the-counter or prescription) to empty out your bowel as completely as possible. Kathryn Watson, SELF, 1 Apr. 2022 One is a supplement, and the other is an over-the-counter laxative. Andy Meek, BGR, 18 Feb. 2022 Your doctor may also prescribe an enema, a rectal laxative that can spur bowel movements. Cat Lafuente, Health.com, 9 Feb. 2022 Throughout the home treatment, Lad also recommends taking a mild laxative every night and following a specific diet, which is something Rodgers also mentioned. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 Lohxa distributes the natural vegetable laxative in cases of 20 cartons that include 24 units each. Andy Meek, BGR, 18 Feb. 2022 Loxha distributes the natural vegetable laxative in cases of 20 cartons that are packaged with 24 units each (seen below). Chris Smith, BGR, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for laxative

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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