Laxative medicine

  • 1 Laxative — Something that loosens the bowels. Used to combat constipation (and sometimes overused, producing diarrhea). The word “laxative” comes from the Latin “laxare” meaning “to open, widen, extend, release.” * * * 1. Mildly cathartic; having the action …

    Medical dictionary

  • 2 Laxative — Lax a*tive, a. [L. laxativus mitigating, assuaging: cf. F. laxatif. See {Lax}, a.] 1. Having a tendency to loosen or relax. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) Having the effect of loosening or opening the intestines, and relieving from… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 laxative — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. laxatif (13c.), from M.L. laxativus loosening, from L. laxatus, pp. of laxare loosen, from laxus loose, lax (see LAX (Cf. lax)). The noun meaning a laxative medicine is from late 14c …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 laxative — [lak′sə tiv] adj. [ME laxatif < OFr < ML laxativus < LL, mitigating < pp. of L laxare, to relax, slacken < laxus: see LAX] tending to make lax; specif., making the bowels loose and relieving constipation n. any laxative medicine;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 laxative — /ˈlæksətɪv / (say laksuhtiv) –noun 1. Medicine a laxative medicine or agent. –adjective 2. Medicine mildly purgative. 3. Pathology a. (of the bowels) subject to looseness. b. (of a disease) characterised by looseness of the bow …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 6 laxative — I. a. Loosening, aperient, deobstruent, purgative. II. n. Laxative medicine, purgative, aperient, deobstruent …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 7 laxative — adj. & n. adj. tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels. n. a laxative medicine. Etymology: ME f. OF laxatif ive or LL laxativus f. L laxare loosen (as LAX) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 8 laxative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels. ► NOUN ▪ a laxative drug or medicine. ORIGIN from Latin laxare loosen …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Laxative — Laxatives (purgatives, aperients) are foods, compounds, or drugs taken to induce bowel movements or to loosen the stool, most often taken to treat constipation. Certain stimulant, lubricant, and saline laxatives are used to evacuate the colon for …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 medicine — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. medicament, medication, remedy; therapy, physic; medical profession. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [The healing profession] Syn. medical men, healers, practitioners, doctors, physicians, surgeons, osteopaths …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 laxative — [[t]læ̱ksətɪv[/t]] laxatives 1) N MASS A laxative is something you eat or drink that makes faeces come out of your body. Foods that ferment quickly in the stomach are excellent natural laxatives. 2) ADJ GRADED A laxative food or medicine makes… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 laxative — UK [ˈlæksətɪv] / US noun [countable] Word forms laxative : singular laxative plural laxatives a medicine, food, or drink that helps you to make solid waste leave your body when you use the toilet Derived word: laxative UK / US adjective …

    English dictionary

  • 13 laxative — laxatively, adv. laxativeness, n. /lak seuh tiv/, n. 1. a medicine or agent for relieving constipation. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or constituting a laxative; purgative. 3. Archaic. a. (of the bowels) subject to looseness. b. (of a disease)… …

    Universalium

  • 14 laxative — 1. adjective /ˈlæk.sə.tɪv/ Having the effect of moving the bowels, or aiding digestion and preventing constipation. 2. noun /ˈlæk.sə.tɪv/ Any substance, such as a food or in the form of a medicine which has a laxative effect …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 laxative — lax|a|tive [ˈlæksətıv] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Medieval Latin; Origin: laxativus, from Latin laxare to loosen , from laxus; LAX] a medicine or something that you eat which makes your ↑bowels empty easily >laxative adj …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 laxative — adjective tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels. noun a laxative drug or medicine. Origin ME: via OFr. laxatif, ive or late L. laxativus, from L. laxare loosen …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 laxative — noun (C) a medicine or something that you eat which makes your bowels empty easily laxative adjective …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 laxative — [ˈlæksətɪv] noun [C] a medicine, food, or drink that helps solid waste to leave the body laxative adj …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 laxative — lax•a•tive [[t]ˈlæk sə tɪv[/t]] n. 1) pha a medicine or agent for relieving constipation 2) pha of, pertaining to, or constituting a laxative; purgative • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME (< MF) < ML …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 medicine —   Lā au, lā au lapa au, wai lā au, hālalo.   Various kinds of medicine: apu, lā au hānō, lā au moe, lā au ho omoe, lā au ho ohiamoe, lā au ho onahā, lā au ho opā, lā au ho opi i, lā au ho opi ipi i, lā au ho opūhi u, hālalo po i, aikūpele, ehu,… …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary