[ pur-jing ]
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  1. having a clearing, emptying, or purifying effect:Her fears of death have passed like a cloud, absorbed in the purging sunlight of clear poetry.

  2. having to do with deliberate or induced vomiting or evacuation of the bowels: Many physical conditions result from the purging aspect of bulimia, including electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal problems, and dental issues.These purging drugs have an excellent safety record.

  1. the action of clearing, emptying, or purifying:It may require a lot of focused work involving the purging of old habits and harsh self-judgment.The drugs have been used clinically in the purging of T-cells or tumor cells from bone marrow before transplantation.

  2. the act of removing or expelling people who are considered disloyal or otherwise unwanted from an organization, political party, nation, etc.: The judge has granted a temporary injunction stopping the purging of voter registration rolls.The rebels’ key negotiating point was the purging of the armed forces as a first condition.

  1. deliberate or induced vomiting or evacuation of the bowels: Binge eating can also occur on its own without the purging that occurs with bulimia.The medication affects the salivary glands, tear ducts, intestines, and bowels, and can cause violent purging.

Origin of purging

First recorded in 1350–1400; purg(e) + -ing2 for the adjective senses; purg(e) + -ing1 for the noun senses

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