expulsive

adjective
ex·​pul·​sive | \ ik-ˈspəl-siv How to pronounce expulsive (audio) \

Medical Definition of expulsive

1 : serving to expel expulsive efforts during labor
2 : characterized by concern with the elimination of feces there are two anal phases—the earlier expulsive and the later retentive— G. S. Blum

Other Words from expulsive

expulsion \ -​ˈspəl-​shən How to pronounce expulsion (audio) \ noun

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“Expulsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/expulsive. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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