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Meaning of CATHARTIC

Pronunciation:  ku'thârtik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
  2. [adj]  strongly laxative
  3. [adj]  emotionally purging (of e.g. art)
  4. [adj]  emotionally purging

CATHARTIC is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: aperient, emotional, evacuant, healthful, laxative, physic, psychotherapeutic, purgative, purgative, releasing
 See Also: aloes, bitter aloes, castor oil, Epsom salts, laxative, magnesium hydroxide, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, milk of magnesia, Rochelle powder, Seidlitz powder, Seidlitz powders



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ca*thar"tic\, Catharical \Ca*thar"ic*al\, a. [Gr. ?,
    fr. ? to cleanse, fr. ? pure; akin to F. chaste.]
    1. (Med.) Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by
       stool; purgative.
    2. Of or pertaining to the purgative principle of senna, as
       cathartic acid.
  2. \Ca*thar"tic\, n. [Gr. ?.] (Med.)
    A medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a
    purgative of moderate activity.
    Note: The cathartics are more energetic and certain in action
          that the laxatives, which simply increase the tendency
          to alvine evacuation; and less powerful and irritaint
          that the drastic purges, which cause profuse, repeated,
          and watery evacuations. -- {Ca*thar"tic*al*ly}, adv. --
          {Ca*thar"tic*al*ness}, n.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Very strong laxative that produces explosive, watery bowel movements.
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