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Definition of Laxative

Laxative: Something that promotes emptying of the bowels. Laxatives are used to combat constipation. They are sometimes overused, producing diarrhea. Laxatives include milk of magnesia and many others.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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