- purging or cleansing, especially by causing evacuation of the bowels.
- a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic.
Origin of purgative
Examples from the Web for purgative
That makes the playing of a football game not purgative but grotesque in the current context.Penn State Should Cancel the Rest of Its Football Season
November 12, 2011
For the present he can but prescribe a purgative and a massage of the arm and spine.The Book of Khalid
The next morning administer a purgative dose of oil or salts.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
A decoction of the leaves is purgative and is used in lead colic.
Ainslie states that the decoction is employed as a vermifuge and purgative.
The working of purgative physic is violent and contrary to nature.Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
- a drug or agent for purging the bowels
- causing evacuation of the bowels; cathartic
Word Origin and History for purgative
late 14c., from Old French purgatif (14c.) and directly from Late Latin purgativus, from purgat-, past participle stem of Latin purgare (see purge (v.)). The noun is attested from early 15c. (Old English medical texts have clænsungdrenc).
- An agent used for purging the bowels.
- Tending to cause evacuation of the bowels.