[ kuh-thahr-tik ]
/ kəˈθɑr tɪk /
of or relating to catharsis.
Also ca·thar·ti·cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
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Origin of cathartic
OTHER WORDS FROM cathartic
ca·thar·ti·cal·ly, adverbca·thar·ti·cal·ness, nounhy·per·ca·thar·tic, adjectivenon·ca·thar·tic, adjective, noun
non·ca·thar·ti·cal, adjectivesem·i·ca·thar·tic, adjectiveun·ca·thar·tic, adjective
Words nearby cathartic
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British Dictionary definitions for non-cathartic
/ (kəˈθɑːtɪk) /
a purgative drug or agent
Derived forms of catharticcathartically, adverb
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Medical definitions for non-cathartic
[ kə-thär′tĭk ]
Inducing catharsis; purgative.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
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