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1. mildly cathartic.
2. a substance that is mildly cathartic.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Gently stimulating evacuation of the bowels; laxative.
A mild laxative.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
aperientA laxative or mild purgative.
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