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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



Did You Know?

Purgative can be used as a noun as well as an adjective. For centuries, doctors prescribed purgatives—that is, laxatives—for all kinds of ailments, not knowing anything better to do. Physical cleansing has always reminded people of emotional and spiritual cleansing, as expressed in the saying "Cleanliness is next to godliness". So we may say, for example, that confession has a purgative effect on the soul. Some psychologists used to claim that expressing your anger is purgative; but in fact it may generally be no better for your emotional life than taking a laxative, and can sometimes really foul things up.

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


Medical Dictionary

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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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