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- adj. Producing abortion of a fetus or accelerating childbirth, oxytocic.
- n. An agent that produces abortion of a fetus or hastens delivery of the same.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A drug, as ergot, which by exciting uterine contractions promotes the expulsion of the contents of the uterus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Promoting parturition; producing abortion.
- n. A drug promoting parturition.
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A medicine may be an emmenagogue without being an ecbolic.
The records certainly show far more points of agreement than of discrepancy, and by their harmony, as well with each other as with themselves, when the years are taken separately, certainly go far to prove that there is a very marked annual rhythm in the phenomena of seminal emissions during sleep, or, as Nelson has termed it, the ecbolic curve.
In his book on _Adolescence_, Stanley Hall refers to three ecbolic records in his possession, all made by men who were doctors of philosophy, and all considering themselves normal.
Nelson, in his study of dreams and their relation to seasonal ecbolic manifestations, does not present any yearly ecbolic curve, as the two years and a half over which his observations extend scarcely supply a sufficient basis.
May not the ecbolic period in men be compared to the menstrual period in women, and be an example of the greater katabolic activity of men?
Since the first edition of this volume appeared, numerous series of ecbolic records have reached me from different parts of the world.
In the light of the evidence which has thus accumulated, we may conclude that the existence of an annual ecbolic curve, with its spring and autumn climaxes, as described in the first edition of this book, is now definitely established.
It scarcely seems to me, therefore, that these curves present any convincing evidence in this case of a monthly ecbolic cycle (and, therefore, I refrain from reproducing them), although they seem to suggest such a cycle.
When compared with the English annual ecbolic curves (W.K. and Perry-Coste), both spring and autumn maxima fall rather later, but all agree in representing the autumn rise as the chief climax.
Here, it will be seen, there appears to be a tendency for the ecbolic cycle to cover a period of about six weeks.