Definition of laxative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlaksətɪv/


(Chiefly of a drug or medicine) tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels: laxative drugs the laxative properties of sodium sulphate
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  • If your baby is bottlefed and constipated, your doctor may suggest mixing a small amount of laxative medicine into the formula.
  • That resulted in two stomach pumpings in the same week, and a more unfortunate and embarrassing incident of severe diarrhoea after swallowing 16 laxative pills.
  • When I say hot chocolate, I mean used coffee grounds laced with crushed chocolate laxative tablets and cocoa powder.


A medicine which has a laxative effect: he may prescribe a laxative to ease the congestion
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  • If the diverticulitis is not severe, treatment will be with painkillers, antibiotics, laxatives and dietary advice.
  • When taking a medical history, it is also important to take a dietary history to ask about the use of laxatives or diuretics.
  • Does she take laxatives or diuretics to lose weight?


Late Middle English: via Old French laxatif, -ive or late Latin laxativus, from Latin laxare 'loosen' (from laxus 'loose').

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