Definition of evacuant in English:

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evacuant

Pronunciation: /ɪˈvakjʊənt/

adjective

(Of a medicine or treatment) acting to induce some kind of bodily discharge.

noun

An evacuant medicine, such as a laxative, an emetic, or a sudorific.
Example sentences
  • For constipation common remedies were liquorice powder, Nyalls Figsen (Californian Syrup of Figs), cascara evacuant or senna pods.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin evacuant- 'emptying (the bowels'), from the verb evacuare, later in the more general sense 'remove (contents)'.

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