purgation

[ pur-gey-shuh n ]
/ pɜrˈgeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of purging.

Origin of purgation

1325–75; Middle English purgacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin pūrgātiōn- (stem of pūrgātiō) a cleansing, purging, equivalent to pūrgāt(us) (past participle of pūrgāre to make clean or pure, derivative of pūrus pure) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·pur·ga·tion, nounsu·per·pur·ga·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for purgation

purgation

/ (pɜːˈɡeɪʃən) /

noun

the act of purging or state of being purged; purification
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Word Origin and History for purgation

purgation


n.

late 14c., "purification from sin," also "discharge of waste," from Old French purgacion "a cleansing," medical or spiritual (12c., Modern French purgation) and directly from Latin purgationem (nominative purgatio) "a cleansing, purging," figuratively "an apology, justification," noun of action from past participle stem of purgare (see purge (v.)).

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Medicine definitions for purgation

purgation

[ pûr-gāshən ]

n.

Evacuation of the bowels through the use of a purgative medicine.
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