- purging or cleansing, especially by causing evacuation of the bowels.
- a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic.
Origin of purgative
Examples from the Web for purgative
Contemporary Examples of purgative
That makes the playing of a football game not purgative but grotesque in the current context.Penn State Should Cancel the Rest of Its Football Season
November 12, 2011
Historical Examples of purgative
For the present he can but prescribe a purgative and a massage of the arm and spine.The Book of Khalid
The next morning administer a purgative dose of oil or salts.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
A decoction of the leaves is purgative and is used in lead colic.
Ainslie states that the decoction is employed as a vermifuge and purgative.
The working of purgative physic is violent and contrary to nature.Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
- a drug or agent for purging the bowels
- causing evacuation of the bowels; cathartic
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).
- An agent used for purging the bowels.
- Tending to cause evacuation of the bowels.