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 forms

non·pur·ga·tion, nounsu·per·pur·ga·tion, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for purgation

British Dictionary definitions for purgation

purgation

/ (pɜːˈɡeɪʃən) /

noun

the act of purging or state of being purged; purification
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for purgation

purgation

[ pûr-gāshən ]

n.

Evacuation of the bowels through the use of a purgative medicine.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.