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Pronunciation: lak'sa-tiv


  1. Mildly cathartic; having the action of loosening the bowels.
  2. A mild cathartic; a remedy that moves the bowels slightly without pain or violent action.

[L. laxativus, fr. laxo, pp. -atus, to slacken, relax]

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