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1. mildly cathartic.
2. a substance that is mildly cathartic.
Gently stimulating evacuation of the bowels; laxative.
A mild laxative.
Any oral agent that promotes the expulsion of feces, including harsh stimulant laxatives (e.g., senna, bisacodyl), saline laxatives (e.g., magnesium citrate), stool softeners (e.g., docusate sodium), bulking laxatives (e.g., psyllium, methylcellulose), and lubricants (e.g., mineral oil).
[L. laxativus, fr. laxo, pp. -atus, to slacken, relax]