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adj. lax·er, lax·est
1. Lacking in rigor, strictness, or firmness. See Synonyms at negligent.
2. Not taut, firm, or compact; slack. See Synonyms at loose.
3. Loose and not easily retained or controlled. Used of bowel movements.
4. Linguistics Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed, as the vowel (ĕ) in let.

[Middle English, from Latin laxus, loose, lax; see slēg- in Indo-European roots.]

lax·a′tion n.
lax′ly adv.
lax′ness n.




1. the act of making lax or the state of being lax
2. (Physiology) physiol defecation
[C14: from Latin laxātio, from laxāre to slacken]


(lækˈseɪ ʃən)

1. a loosening or relaxing.
2. the state of being loosened or relaxed.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin laxātiō loosening]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laxation - the elimination of fecal waste through the anuslaxation - the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
bowel movement, bm, movement - a euphemism for defecation; "he had a bowel movement"
excreting, excretion, voiding, elimination, evacuation - the bodily process of discharging waste matter
haematochezia, hematochezia - passage of stools containing blood (as from diverticulosis or colon cancer or peptic ulcer)
dump, shit - a coarse term for defecation; "he took a shit"
urochesia, urochezia - passage of urine from the anus
2.laxation - the act of making something less tight
unfastening, untying, undoing - loosening the ties that fasten something; "the tying of bow ties is an art; the untying is easy"
modification, adjustment, alteration - the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
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The EFSA also recommended dietary fibre intakes of 25 g per day to be adequate for normal laxation in adults.
Insoluble, intrinsic fibers that are not fermentable, such as those found in the pericarps of many grains, generally contribute to bulking of the stools and promote laxation and regularity.
Laxation within 4 hours has been observed in 48% of patients with OIC in advanced illness after subcutaneous administration of a single dose of methylnaltrexone 0.
These deformations were then created in 2D tunnel excavation model by considering are laxation factor applied to the soil stresses around the tunnel opening.
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Evaluation of the effect of four fibers on laxation, gastrointestinal tolerance and serum markers in healthy humans.
Eley, "Intestinal pH and propulsion: an explanation of diarrhoea in lactase deficiency and laxation by lactulose," Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, vol.
Another influential mechanism in the decrease in systolic BP could have been due to total body re- laxation and mental calmness as a result of correct breathing during the mat Pilates intervention,16 as mental or emotional stress activates nervous and endocrine responses, such as an increase in epi- nephrine and norepinephrine stimulation that re- sults in an increase in BP, while preparing the body for physical activity.
reported that 36 healthy adults consuming 20 grams of added fibre, either STA-LITE Polydextrose or PROMITOR Soluble Corn Fibre per day, in addition to their usual lower fibre diet, which was approximately 13-14 g/day compared to the recommended 25 g/day for women and 38 g/day for men, experienced improved laxation with minimal gastrointestinal tolerance issues.
The following symptoms were used to diagnosis ascites: i) right ventricle hypertrophy and cardiac muscle laxation, ii) swollen and stiff liver, iii) and clear, yellowish and colloid fluid appearance in the pericardium or abdominal cavity (Baghbanzadeh et al.
258) Kate Mattingly, Artists Denied Entry: New Hope for the Rejected--Lobbying for Re laxation of Entry Rules for International Artists, DANCE MAGAZINE (Aug.
This research suggests that fiber is good for more than laxation, which means helping food move through the intestines, he added.