3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cathartic \Ca*thar"tic\, Catharical \Ca*thar"ic*al\, adjective [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cathartic \Ca*thar"tic\, noun [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}, adverb -- {Ca*thar"tic*al*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: emotionally purging [syn: {cathartic}, {psychotherapeutic}]

2: emotionally purging (of e.g. art) [syn: {cathartic}, {releasing}]

3: strongly laxative [syn: {cathartic}, {evacuant}, {purgative}]


1: a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels [syn: {purgative}, {cathartic}, {physic}, {aperient}]

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