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Meaning of PURGATIVE

Pronunciation:  'purgutiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
  2. [adj]  strongly laxative
 

PURGATIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: aperient, cathartic, cathartic, evacuant, laxative, physic
 
 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
 
 Definition: 
\Pur"ga*tive\, a. [L. purgativus: cf. F. purgatif.]
Having the power or quality of purging; cathartic. -- n.
(Med.) A purging medicine; a cathartic.

 
Medical Dictionary
 
 Definition: Powerful laxative usually leading to explosive, watery diarrhea.
 

 

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