• WordNet 3.6
    • adj laxative stimulating evacuation of feces
    • n laxative a mild cathartic
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Laxative Having a tendency to loosen or relax.
    • Laxative (Med) Having the effect of loosening or opening the intestines, and relieving from constipation; -- opposed to astringent.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • laxative Loose; soft; easy.
    • laxative In medicine, having the power or quality of relieving from constipation by relaxing or opening the intestines. Compare cathartic, 1.
    • n laxative A medicine that relieves from costiveness by relaxing the intestines; a gentle purgative.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Laxative having the power of loosening the bowels
    • ***


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. laxativus, mitigating, assuaging: cf. F. laxatif,. See Lax (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. laxus, loose.


In literature:

An ice-bag should be constantly applied to the painful area and the bowels kept freely open with a saline laxative.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
Figs, laxative quality of, 52; food value of, 179.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
In a great many cases it is a routine practice with physicians to give a "good cleaning out," that is, to give a thorough laxative.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
The doctor gives a laxative, nature re-asserts herself, and the patient is cured.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
He counselled the use of venesection, of laxatives and purgatives, of baths and stimulant remedies.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
Feed soft, laxative food and green grass, if possible.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Dried plums (prunes) have mildly laxative properties.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
If constipation is present, rhubarb and soda mixture is an excellent laxative in these cases.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Life with Raymond had been a laxative, when not an irritant; life with Johnny McComas became a tonic.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
If he is prescribing a laxative, he states just when it should be taken and when its effects may be expected.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh

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.
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.
After treating the children with laxatives, 25 of the 30 participants did not wet their beds for the next three months.
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.
According to Jeff Hilton, co-founder of the agency Integrated Marketing Group, consumers also attach a "geriatric" stigma to figs and associate them with an undesirable laxative effect.
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