lenitive Medicine,

adjective (of a medicine) laxative.
noun a laxative.
ME: from med. L. lenitivus, from lenit-, lenire 'soften'.

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  • lenitive — 1. Soothing; relieving discomfort or pain. 2. Rarely used term for a demulcent. [L. lenio, pp. lenitus, to soften, fr. lenis, mild] * * * len·i·tive len ət iv adj alleviating pain or harshness lenitive n a lenitive medicine or application * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • lenitive — [len′ə tiv] adj. [< ML lenitivus < L lenitus, pp. of lenire, to soften: see LENIENT] soothing or assuaging; lessening pain or distress n. anything that soothes; esp., a lenitive medicine …   English World dictionary

  • lenitive — lenitively, adv. lenitiveness, n. /len i tiv/, adj. 1. softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications. 2. mildly laxative. n. 3. a lenitive medicine or application. 4. a mild laxative. 5. Archaic. anything that softens or… …   Universalium

  • lenitive — len•i•tive [[t]ˈlɛn ɪ tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications 2) mildly laxative 3) a lenitive medicine or application • Etymology: 1535–45; < ML lēnītīvus= Llēnīt(us), ptp. oflēnīre(see lenient) +… …   From formal English to slang

  • lenitive — /ˈlɛnətɪv / (say lenuhtiv) adjective 1. softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications. 2. mildly laxative. –noun 3. a lenitive medicine or application; a mild laxative. 4. Rare anything that softens or soothes …   Australian English dictionary

  • Lenitive — Len i*tive, n. [Cf. F. l[ e]nitif.] 1. (Med.) (a) A medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action of irritants. (b) A mild purgative; a laxative. [1913 Webster] 2. That which softens or mitigates; that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lenitive — n. medicine which eases mild pain or discomfort; laxative adj. soothing, softening; mildly laxative …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lenitive — I. a. Soothing, assuasive, emollient, lenient, mitigative, balmy, sedative, demulcent. II. n. Palliative, emollient, lenient, opiate, anodyne, soothing medicine …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Lenit — lenitive …   Medical dictionary

  • Demulcent — Soothing. The word demulcent comes from the Latin verb, demulcere meaning to caress. Something that is demulcent is caressing. The term demulcent refers to an agent, such as an oil, that forms a soothing film when administered onto the surface of …   Medical dictionary

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