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cathartic

[kuh-thahr-tik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to catharsis.
  2. Also ca·thar·ti·cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
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noun
  1. a purgative.
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Origin of cathartic

1605–15; < Late Latin catharticus < Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic
Related formsca·thar·ti·cal·ly, adverbca·thar·ti·cal·ness, nounhy·per·ca·thar·tic, adjectivenon·ca·thar·tic, adjective, nounnon·ca·thar·ti·cal, adjectivesem·i·ca·thar·tic, adjectiveun·ca·thar·tic, adjective

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3. laxative, physic.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-cathartic

cathartic

adjective
  1. purgative
  2. effecting catharsis
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noun
  1. a purgative drug or agent
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Derived Formscathartically, 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

(kə-thärtĭk)
adj.
  1. Inducing catharsis; purgative.
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n.
  1. An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
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