One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A medicine which has a laxative effect.
purgative, lenitive, aperient, cathartic, evacuantView synonyms
- ‘He prescribes purgative medicines to act as eccoprotics, to excite but not to stimulate the bowels.’
- ‘The formula answers every purpose desired in a mild eccoprotic.’
- ‘Eccoprotics used occasionally, so as just to prevent costiveness.’
- ‘I gave him a prescription for equal parts of the extracts of rhubarb and jalap, which I have found a good habitual eccoprotic.’
- ‘If I visit him at this time, I dissuade him from farther attempts to open the skin, but advise a gentle eccoprotic.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek ekkoprōtikos, from ekkoproun ‘evacuate the bowels’, from ek- ‘out’ + kopros ‘dung’.
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