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purgative

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adjective pur·ga·tive \ˈpər-gə-tiv\

Definition of purgative

  1. :  purging or tending to purge



Origin and Etymology of purgative

Middle English purgatif, from Late Latin purgativus, from Latin purgatus, past participle


First Known Use: 15th century


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purgative

noun pur·ga·tive

Simple Definition of purgative

  • medical : a medicine or food that causes the bowels to empty

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of purgative

  1. :  a purging medicine :  cathartic

1576

First Known Use of purgative

1576

Rhymes with purgative


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purgative

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adjective pur·ga·tive \ˈpər-gət-iv\

Medical Definition of purgative

  1. :  purging or tending to purge :  cathartic

purgatively

adverb



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purgative

noun pur·ga·tive

Medical Definition of purgative

  1. :  a purging medicine :  cathartic




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