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lax·a·tive

 (lăk′sə-tĭv)
n.
A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
adj.
1. Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.
2. Causing looseness or relaxation, especially of the bowels.

[Middle English, from Old French laxatif, from Medieval Latin laxātīvus, preventing constipation, from Late Latin, assuaging, from Latin laxātus, past participle of laxāre, to relax, from laxus, loose; see lax.]
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laxative

(ˈlæksətɪv)
n
(Medicine) an agent stimulating evacuation of faeces
adj
(Medicine) stimulating evacuation of faeces
[C14 (originally: relaxing): from Medieval Latin laxātīvus, from Latin laxāre to loosen]
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lax•a•tive

(ˈlæk sə tɪv)

n.
1. a medicine or agent for relieving constipation.
adj.
2. of, pertaining to, or constituting a laxative; purgative.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin]
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laxative

- Can mean "having the power of relaxing" (from Latin laxare, "loosen").
See also related terms for loosen.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laxative - a mild catharticlaxative - a mild cathartic      
phenolphthalein - a laxative used in many preparations under various trade names; also used as an acid-base indicator in titrations involving weak acids and strong bases because it is brilliant red at high alkalinity and colorless below pH 8
aperient, cathartic, physic, purgative - a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
Adj.1.laxative - stimulating evacuation of feces
costive - retarding evacuation of feces; binding; constipating
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laxative

noun purgative, salts, purge, cathartic, physic (rare), aperient Foods that ferment quickly in the stomach are excellent natural laxatives.
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Translations
مُسْهِل خَفيفمُلَيِّـنٌ
projímadloprojímavý
afføringsmiddel
laksatiivilaksatiivinenulostuslääke
रेचक
laksativ
hashajtó
hægîalyf
緩下剤
완하제
vidurių paleidžiamasis
caurejas līdzekliscaureju veicinošs
laxatieflaxeermiddel
laxeringsmedel
ยาระบาย
müshilyumuşatıcı
thuốc nhuận tràng

laxative

[ˈlæksətɪv]
A. ADJlaxante
B. Nlaxante m
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laxative

[ˈlæksətɪv]
nlaxatif m
adj [effect] → laxatif/ive
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laxative

adjabführend, laxativ (spec)
nAbführmittel nt, → Laxativ(um) nt (spec)
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laxative

[ˈlæksətɪv] nlassativo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

laxative

(ˈlӕksətiv) noun, adjective
(a medicine) which makes it easier to pass waste matter from the bowels.
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laxative

مُلَيِّـنٌ projímadlo afføringsmiddel Abführmittel καθαρτικό laxante ulostuslääke laxatif laksativ lassativo 緩下剤 완하제 laxeermiddel avføringsmiddel środek przeczyszczający laxante слабительное laxeringsmedel ยาระบาย müshil thuốc nhuận tràng 轻泻剂
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lax·a·tive

n. laxante, laxativo, purgante suave.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

laxative

adj & n laxante m; bulk — laxante que aumenta el volumen de la materia fecal
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Additionally, the fiber works as a bulk laxative. It thus helps protect the colon mucous membrane from cancer-causing chemicals binding to it in the colon.
Nonetheless; it is rich in dietary insoluble fiber pectin, which works as bulk laxative. Dietary fiber helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time to toxic substances in the colon as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
major also is traditionally used as a mucilage and bulk laxative (Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine, 2013, Churchill Livingstone).
That position was enhanced with the company's acquisition last year of Konsyl Pharmaceuticals Inc., a maker of bulk laxative products.
If you need a laxative, use a bulk laxative (such as Metamucil), which is high in fiber.
Realizing that calcium polycarbophil (Mitrolan/FiberCon) is a bulk laxative that can be used to regulate bowel function, whether constipation or diarrhea, but only when fluid intake is sufficient, and not when incontinence is a problem.
Most of the fibre in them is non-soluble polysaccharide, NSP, which functions as a good bulk laxative in the gut.