Meaning of laxative in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlaksətɪv/

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  • (chiefly of a drug or medicine) tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels.

    ‘laxative drugs’
    • ‘the laxative properties of sodium sulphate’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The larger dose is more laxative while the smaller dose tends to be more gradually blood purifying.’
    • ‘Our research goal is to determine if developed beverages fortified with inulin will result in improved bowel function, decreased laxative use and improved bone health.’
    • ‘There is strong evidence that psyllium has laxative properties and promotes colonic function.’
    • ‘It also has expectorant and mild laxative properties.’
    • ‘By stimulating both kidneys and bowels, burdock has diuretic and laxative actions, and hastens the elimination of toxins from the body.’
    • ‘Practitioners of Ayurveda, India's holistic medical system, say the supplement has laxative properties and that it can strengthen the digestive system.’
    • ‘Traditional herbalists valued coriander, especially to counteract the stomach-upsetting properties of laxative herbs such as buckthorn, cascara, rhubarb and senna.’
    • ‘Western herbology recognizes Rhubarb's astringent laxative properties, making it useful for both constipation and diarrhea.’
    • ‘The rectum and colon should be emptied, usually with the use of a suppository or enema, then appropriate laxative therapy should follow to prevent recurrence.’
    • ‘It is used as a laboratory reagent and acid-base indicator and has been used in over-the-counter laxative preparations.’
    • ‘Thinking it was merely constipation, he tried laxative product after laxative product, but nothing seemed to help.’
    • ‘It is an important demulcent laxative, especially when combined with other laxative herbs.’
    • ‘There are elaborate pitches for laxative capsules, a purple pill for heartburn, over-the-counter sinus medication, and prescription drugs for allergies and Alzheimer's.’
    • ‘Not only does she use an enema a couple of times a week, but she also drinks laxative tea containing senna all the time.’
    • ‘Anyway, my first visit to this new GP was terminated with a bottle of laxative syrup, presumably to clear whatever blockage was causing my symptoms.’
    • ‘You'll find laxative teas at a natural food store.’
    laxative, aperient, lenitive, cathartic, evacuant, purging
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  • A medicine which has a laxative effect.

    ‘he may prescribe a laxative to ease the congestion’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Osmotic laxatives such as lactulose are effective alternatives to soften hard stools.’
    • ‘You must take bulk-forming laxatives daily for the best effect.’
    • ‘Your doctor may also ask you if you take any medicines such as birth control pills, laxatives or diet pills.’
    • ‘Herbal laxatives and diuretics may result in temporary weight loss.’
    • ‘Giving hospital patients laxatives and sedatives cries out for scientific scrutiny, to prove that their routine use is not harmful.’
    • ‘For constipation, an osmotic laxative is preferred over stimulant laxatives.’
    • ‘Her doctor has told her that strong laxatives are dangerous.’
    • ‘In the United States, more than $800 million is spent on laxatives each year.’
    • ‘If you're pregnant, seek your doctor's advice before using laxatives.’
    • ‘However, bulimics then ‘purge’ the food they have eaten through self-induced vomiting or by taking laxatives.’
    • ‘In fact, using laxatives unnecessarily can actually cause constipation.’
    • ‘Functional fibre is found in bulk laxatives, fortified foods, beverages, and dietary supplements.’
    • ‘Ask your doctor or nurse about the use of stool softeners or laxatives.’
    • ‘If the diet cannot be modified in this way, adding bulk laxatives may be necessary; they can prevent worsening of the condition.’
    • ‘Make sure the patient receives adequate fiber in their diet, but avoid laxatives and enemas.’
    • ‘People who rely on harsh laxatives may find that they too get caught up in a vicious cycle.’
    • ‘Haemorrhoids should be managed conservatively, using laxatives and dietary fibre.’
    purgative, lenitive, aperient, cathartic, evacuant
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Late Middle English via Old French laxatif, -ive or late Latin laxativus, from Latin laxare ‘loosen’ (from laxus ‘loose’).