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Latin hydragogus conveying off water, Ancient Greek to lead: compare French hydragogue.


hydragogue (comparative more hydragogue, superlative most hydragogue)

  1. (medicine) Causing a discharge of water; expelling serum effused into any part of the body, as in dropsy.


hydragogue (plural hydragogues)

  1. Any medicine of this kind, usually a cathartic or diuretic.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.