• WordNet 3.6
    • n laxation the act of making something less tight
    • n laxation the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Laxation The act of loosening or slackening, or the state of being loosened or slackened.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laxation A loosing or slacking up; relaxation.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. laxatio, fr. laxare, to loosen, fr. laxus, loose, slack


In literature:

And where this is impossible, then use mild laxatives and use them interchangeably.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
Feeds should also be of a more laxative nature when the horse is to stand for several days.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
If called for by some other disorder, a mild laxative is all that should be administered, unless by the direction of a physician.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
There are some foods that tend to constipate while others act as a laxative.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
The use of the sitz bath is frequently successful if taken at night followed by a laxative and a hot drink.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
The laxative properties of linseed are very decided; it should therefore be given only in moderate quantities.
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
Coarse foods, stimulants and laxatives unduly excite the bowels.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
She was of course compelled frequently to resort to laxatives.
"The Electric Bath" by George M. Schweig
Do not get into the habit of using laxatives to keep the bowels open.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Dose, one pill as a mild laxative, two in vigorous operations.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Gentle laxatives and a careful diet are the best remedy; but hot aromatics and spirituous liquors should be avoided.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
For this special purpose the mineral laxative waters are best.
"Treatise on the Diseases of Women" by Lydia E. Pinkham
Flaxseed is a good feed laxative.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
A gentle laxative is indicated.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It is not very powerful in its action; its effect upon the system being quite as much alterative as laxative.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Malted foods likewise exert a laxative effect.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
The opening of the bowels may be followed with a pint of linseed oil, as an additional and gentle laxative.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
The Laplanders of Westbothnia give their young children the unripe berries of this shrub boiled, by way of a laxative or purge.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
But he said, 'No, Alexandr Demyanovitch, yarrow tea is better, it's a laxative, I tell you' ... Khee-khee.
"Short Stories" by Fiodor Dostoievski
Mary Lee will give the child this laxative and if he isn't normal in two hours, please let me know.
"Mary Lee the Red Cross Girl" by Helen Hart

In news:

A new procedure may make it possible to perform virtual colonoscopies without using laxatives to clear the bowels.
Dear Dr SerVaas, A letter in the November/December 2008 issue prompted me to ask if mineral oil is still available as a laxative for severe constipatio.
Laxative -spiked cola could prove costly for Family Dollar.
A laxative -spiked bottle of Coca-Cola could end up costing Family Dollar a lot more than a buck.
Employee rift led to KC store selling laxative -tainted Coke.
The Australian government has given the nod to winemakers to begin using a chemical contained in laxatives .
Check laxative aisle to see just how irregular we are.
With physical fitness and weight standards "under close scrutiny," some Marines and sailors are taking drastic action — using liposuction , laxatives and starvation diets in order to meet weight and size requirements.
Easing off chronic laxative use.
Brandi Glanville Says Son Ate LeAnn Rimes' Laxative.
Brandi Glanville concerned for son's safety after she says one ate LeAnn Rimes' laxatives after she reportedly left one on the ground that resembled a piece of candy.
LeAnn Rimes has eating disorder , takes laxatives.
Fiber acts as a natural laxative by increasing stool bulk.
Sleeping pills, cough syrup, laxatives harm 160 children a year, study says.
Pot Marigold was use to treat chronic ulcers and as a stimulant and laxative.

In science:

Using the randomization argument detailed in [Ben-Tal and Nemirovski, 2002, El Ghaoui, 2006], we can derive an explicit bound on the quality of the semidefinite re laxation (5).
Approximation Bounds for Sparse Principal Component Analysis