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cathartic


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cathartic  \Ca*thar"tic\,  Catharical  \Ca*thar"ic*al\,  a.  [Gr.  ?, 
  fr  ?  to  cleanse,  fr  ?  pure;  akin  to  F.  chaste.] 
  1.  (Med.)  Cleansing  the  bowels;  promoting  evacuations  by 
  stool;  purgative. 
 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  purgative  principle  of  senna,  as 
  cathartic  acid. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cathartic  \Ca*thar"tic\,  n.  [Gr.  ?.]  (Med.) 
  A  medicine  that  promotes  alvine  discharges;  a  purge;  a 
  purgative  of  moderate  activity. 
 
  Note:  The  cathartics  are  more  energetic  and  certain  in  action 
  that  the  laxatives,  which  simply  increase  the  tendency 
  to  alvine  evacuation;  and  less  powerful  and  irritaint 
  that  the  drastic  purges,  which  cause  profuse,  repeated, 
  and  watery  evacuations.  --  {Ca*thar"tic*al*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Ca*thar"tic*al*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cathartic 
  adj  1:  emotionally  purging  [syn:  {psychotherapeutic}] 
  2:  emotionally  purging  (of  e.g.  art)  [syn:  {releasing}] 
  3:  strongly  laxative  [syn:  {evacuant},  {purgative}] 
  n  :  a  purging  medicine;  stimulates  evacuation  of  the  bowels 
  [syn:  {purgative},  {laxative},  {physic},  {aperient}] 




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