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

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Examples of laxative in a Sentence

Noun The doctor prescribed a laxative.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "What Is the Cucumber Diet?," 21 June 2019 The stimulant laxative works quickly — within two to six hours — so don't take it right before bed. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 Note: Excessive consumption can cause laxative effect; toxic to dogs Calories: 5 calories per teaspoon. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Guide to plant-based sweeteners, such as Stevia, Truvia," 8 May 2018 Chewing and spitting is regarded as a behavior among clinicians—comparable to restricting calories or laxative use. Charlotte Lieberman, Marie Claire, "My Eating Disorder Made Me Feel Like a Feminist Fraud," 28 Feb. 2018 Some people appear to be more sensitive to the laxative effect of magnesium than others. Joe, The Seattle Times, "There’s a cure for toe fungus in your pantry: apple cider vinegar," 14 Jan. 2018 Some doctors prescribe a large volume of liquid laxative prep, while others recommend over-the-counter pill or powder laxatives. Jenn Morson, SELF, "7 Things You've Always Wondered About a Colonoscopy Procedure," 23 Aug. 2017 The fitness star quotes a description of Flat Tummy Tea’s main ingredients, including senna, a plant that can have laxative effects (and appears in the brand's Cleanse Tea). Sarah Klein, Health.com, "Here's Why This Fitness Star Is Calling Out a Flat-Belly 'Detox' Tea," 2 Aug. 2017 The fitness star quotes a description of Flat Tummy Tea’s main ingredients, including senna, a plant that can have laxative effects (and appears in the brand’s Cleanse Tea). Sarah Klein, PEOPLE.com, "Fitness Star Massy Arias Calls Out ‘Scam Artists’ Flat Tummy Tea for Reposting Her Image," 2 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In reality, nearly all of these teas contain a herb called senna, which is a natural laxative. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble with ‘Weight-Loss Tea’," 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, "Police: Two men imply they have a gun during robbery of Oak Park resident," 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, "Eating disorders can affect people of all ages," 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, "Michigan teen needed new lungs because of vaping," 12 Nov. 2019 The preparation for this procedure involves a 24-hour liquid fast, and the administration of a strong laxative designed to flush everything out of my colon, so the doctor can have a look around. Scientific American, "Foods to Restore Your Intestinal Flora," 28 Oct. 2015 What’s more, her Sacklers aren’t even billionaires, just modest millionaires, who got rich peddling more benign products like laxatives. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "Oligarch of the Month: The Sacklers," 18 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, Gillian shuddered at the bathroom’s dubious flecks and stains and gritty surfaces, the yellowed toilet brush clogged with paper, the packets of laxatives and Tena lady pads out on unapologetic show. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, "The Bunty Club," 21 Oct. 2019 People with anorexia may excessively limit calories or use other methods to lose weight, such as excessive exercise, or the use of laxatives or diet aids. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Eating disorders can affect people of all ages," 18 Oct. 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 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for laxative

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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