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 for laxative
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Laxative \Lax"a*tive\, a. [L. laxativus mitigating, assuaging:
     cf. F. laxatif. See Lax, a.]
     1. Having a tendency to loosen or relax. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Med.) Having the effect of loosening or opening the
        intestines, and relieving from constipation; -- opposed to
        astringent. -- n. (Med.) A laxative medicine. See the
        Note under Cathartic.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: stimulating evacuation of feces [ant: costive]
      n 1: a mild cathartic

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "laxative":
     agar, aloes, aperient, bran, calomel, carminative, cascara,
     castor oil, cathartic, colocynth, diuretic, magnesia,
     mercurous chloride, mineral oil, mineral water, physic, purgative,
     purge, senna

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