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(of a medicine or treatment) acting to induce some kind of bodily discharge.laxative, aperient, lenitive, cathartic, evacuant, purgingView synonyms
An evacuant medicine, such as a laxative, an emetic, or a sudorific.
- ‘For constipation common remedies were liquorice powder, Nyalls Figsen (Californian Syrup of Figs), cascara evacuant or senna pods.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin evacuant- emptying (the bowels), from the verb evacuare, later in the more general sense remove (contents).
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