laxative

aids evacuation of the bowels

Laxative

Laxatives (purgatives, aperients) are foods, compounds and/or drugs that facilitate or increase bowel movements. They are most often used to treat constipation. Certain stimulant, lubricant and saline laxatives are used to evacuate the colon for rectal and/or bowel examinations, and may be supplemented by enemas under certain circumstances. Suffic...
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laxative

(L. laxativus) an agent that acts to promote evacuation of the bowel; a cathartic or purgative.
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laxative

(lak´sә-tiv) a medicine that loosens the intestinal contents and encourages defecation. One with a mild or gentle effect is also known as an aperient; one with a strong effect is referred to as a cathartic or purgative.
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laxative

[adj] - stimulating evacuation of feces 2. [n] - a mild cathartic
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Laxative

• (n.) A laxative medicine. See the Note under Cathartic. • (a.) Having a tendency to loosen or relax. • (a.) Having the effect of loosening or opening the intestines, and relieving from constipation; -- opposed to astringent.
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laxative

<pharmacology> An agent that acts to promote evacuation of the bowel, a cathartic or purgative. ... Origin: L. Laxativus ... (18 Nov 1997) ...
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laxative

adjective stimulating evacuation of feces
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Laxative

Lax'a·tive adjective [ Latin laxativus mitigating, assuaging: confer French laxatif . See Lax , adjective ] 1. Having a tendency to loosen or relax. Milton. 2. (Medicine) Having the effect of loosening or opening the intesti...
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Laxative

A drug used to encourage the passage of stools, or to make stools softer or more bulky.
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Laxative

A food or medicine that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
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Laxative

A laxative is a substance which loosens the bowels assisting or encouraging the excretion of faeces.
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Laxative

A mild purgative. An herb that acts to promote evacuation of the bowels.
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laxative

A substance that promotes bowel movements.
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Laxative

agent used for persistant constipation to help expel faecal matter from the bowel
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LAXATIVE

an agent that promotes bowel evacuation (defecation).
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Laxative

An agent which stimulates the evacuation of the bowel.
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laxative

Any agent used to counteract constipation. Various kinds of laxative are available, including bulk-forming drugs (mainly prescribed for people with bowel disease), stimulant laxatives, fecal softeners, and saline purgatives. However, modern medical thinking is that laxatives are rarely necessary. Co...
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laxative

any drug used in the treatment of constipation to promote the evacuation of feces. Laxatives produce their effect by several mechanisms. Contact ... [4 related articles]
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Laxative

Any substance that is taken to cause a bowel movement. This includes medicine and foods. Although constipation is a common occurrence associated with pregnancy, laxatives should not be used unless prescribed by a healthcare provider. Laxatives can stimulate the uterus, which can cause contractions and lead to preterm labor.
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laxative

cathartic purgative Substance that causes evacuation of the intestinal contents.
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laxative

laxative 1. Loosening; mildly purgative. 2. A drug or other substance that promotes bowel movements, either by irritating the lower colon or by bulking the feces. 3. Mildly cathartic. 4. An agent that acts to promote evacuation of the bowel.
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laxative

laxative, drug or other substance used to stimulate the action of the intestines in eliminating waste from the body. The term laxative usually refers to a mild-acting substance; substances of increasingly drastic action are known as cathartics, purgatives, hydrogogues, and drastics, respectively. La...
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Laxative

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.' Common Misspellings: laxotive
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Laxative

Medicines that stimulate the bowel and prevent constipation.
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