A medicine which has a laxative effect.
- He prescribes purgative medicines to act as eccoprotics, to excite but not to stimulate the bowels.
- Eccoprotics used occasionally, so as just to prevent costiveness.
- If I visit him at this time, I dissuade him from farther attempts to open the skin, but advise a gentle eccoprotic.
Mid 17th century: from Greek ekkoprōtikos, from ekkoproun 'evacuate the bowels', from ek- 'out' + kopros 'dung'.
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