Laxative


Human Body Section
Stedman's Pocket Medical Dictionary Dictionary of Biomedical Sciences Dictionary of Dentistry

The word laxative refers to therapeutic agents - including natural substances such as herbs, oils, or essences, or conventional pharmaceutical drugs, that promote and increase the frequency of evacuation of the bowels.

Other words that are also used to refer to the same properties of therapeutic agents include cathartic and purgative.

Examples of commonly used conventional medical laxatives include:

  • castor oil,
  • bisacodyl, and
  • senna.



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