Definition of evacuant in English:

evacuant

adjective

  • (of a medicine or treatment) acting to induce some kind of bodily discharge.

    laxative, aperient, lenitive, cathartic, evacuant, purging

noun

  • An evacuant medicine, such as a laxative, an emetic, or a sudorific.

    ‘For constipation common remedies were liquorice powder, Nyalls Figsen (Californian Syrup of Figs), cascara evacuant or senna pods.’
    laxative, enema, aperient, lenitive, cathartic, evacuant

Origin

Mid 18th century from Latin evacuant- ‘emptying (the bowels’), from the verb evacuare, later in the more general sense ‘remove (contents)’.

Pronunciation

evacuant

/ɪˈvakjʊənt/