Medicine , archaic
(Of a medicine) laxative.
- The leaves, and to a lesser extent the flowers, are mildly diuretic, emollient, lenitive and mildly sedative.
- He suggests, as lenitives, senna with pulp of tamarind or oil of sweet almonds.
- This should be followed by an emetic or stomach-pump, and subsequently by lenitives.
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin lenitivus, from lenit- 'softened', from the verb lenire.
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