purgative

[ pur-guh-tiv ]
/ ˈpɜr gə tɪv /

adjective

purging or cleansing, especially by causing evacuation of the bowels.

noun

a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic.

Nearby words

  1. puree,
  2. purehearted,
  3. purely,
  4. purfle,
  5. purgation,
  6. purgatively,
  7. purgatoire,
  8. purgatorial,
  9. purgatory,
  10. purge

Origin of purgative

1350–1400; < Late Latin pūrgātīvus (see purgation, -ive); replacing Middle English purgatyf < Middle French < Late Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for purgative

purgative

/ (ˈpɜːɡətɪv) med /

noun

a drug or agent for purging the bowels

adjective

causing evacuation of the bowels; cathartic
Derived Formspurgatively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for purgative

purgative

adj.

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).

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Medicine definitions for purgative

purgative

[ pûrgə-tĭv ]

n.

An agent used for purging the bowels.

adj.

Tending to cause evacuation of the bowels.
Related formspurga•tive adj.


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