Share this entry
evacuant Syllabification: e·vac·u·ant
Pronunciation: /əˈvakyəwənt/

Definition of evacuant in English:


A medicine that induces some kind of bodily discharge, such as an emetic, a sudorific, or especially a laxative.
Example sentences
  • For constipation common remedies were liquorice powder, Nyalls Figsen (Californian Syrup of Figs), cascara evacuant or senna pods.


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


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

Definition of evacuant in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources