cathartic

[ kuh-thahr-tik ]
/ kəˈθɑr tɪk /

adjective

of or relating to catharsis.
Also ca·thar·ti·cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.

noun

a purgative.

Nearby words

  1. cathar,
  2. cathari,
  3. catharine wheel,
  4. catharist,
  5. catharsis,
  6. cathay,
  7. cathead,
  8. cathect,
  9. cathected,
  10. cathectic

Origin of cathartic

1605–15; < Late Latin catharticus < Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic

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British Dictionary definitions for cathartic

cathartic

/ (kəˈθɑːtɪk) /

adjective

purgative
effecting catharsis

noun

a purgative drug or agent
Derived Formscathartically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for 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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Medicine definitions for cathartic

cathartic

[ kə-thärtĭk ]

adj.

Inducing catharsis; purgative.

n.

An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.

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