Glossary Term:

Title

laxative

Phonetic

<b>lack</b>-suh-tiv

Description

a medicine that helps make stool (feces) easier to pass (promotes defecation) to prevent or treat constipation. Many are taken by mouth, but some come as a suppository which is put in the rectum. Laxatives work in different ways; for example, by pulling fluid into the intestine or irritating the bowel to stimulate movement. Others add bulk (such as fiber), soften the stool, or lubricate it for easier passage.