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laxative (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]
diphenylmethane l.'s members of a chemical class of l. agents including phenolphthalein and bisacodyl.


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