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cathartic

[kuh-thahr-tik] /kəˈθɑr tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to catharsis.
2.
Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
noun
3.
a purgative.
Origin of cathartic
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin catharticus < Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic
Related forms
cathartically, adverb
catharticalness, noun
hypercathartic, adjective
noncathartic, adjective, noun
noncathartical, adjective
semicathartic, adjective
uncathartic, adjective
Synonyms
3. laxative, physic.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-cathartic

cathartic

/kəˈθɑːtɪk/
adjective
1.
purgative
2.
effecting catharsis
noun
3.
a purgative drug or agent
Derived Forms
cathartically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-cathartic

cathartic

adj.

1610s, of medicines, from Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos "fit for cleansing, purgative," from katharsis "purging, cleansing" (see catharsis). General sense is from 1670s. Related: Cathartical.

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non-cathartic in Medicine

cathartic ca·thar·tic (kə-thär'tĭk)
adj.
Inducing catharsis; purgative. n.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.

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