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Inducing catharsis; purgative.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
[Late Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein, to purge; see catharsis.]
2. (Medicine) effecting catharsis. Also: cathartical
(Medicine) a purgative drug or agent
1. of or pertaining to catharsis.
2. Also, ca•thar′ti•cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.n.
3. a purgative.
[1605–15; < Late Latin catharticus < Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing]
a purgative medicine.See also: Remedies
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|Noun||1.||cathartic - a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels|
castor oil - a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor-oil plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically
Epsom salts - (used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative
laxative - a mild cathartic
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
milk of magnesia - purgative consisting of a milky white liquid suspension of magnesium hydroxide; used as a laxative and (in smaller doses) as an antacid
|Adj.||1.||cathartic - emotionally purging|
healthful - conducive to good health of body or mind; "a healthful climate"; "a healthful environment"; "healthful nutrition"; "healthful sleep"; "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance"
|2.||cathartic - emotionally purging (of e.g. art)|
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"
|3.||cathartic - strongly laxative|
laxative - stimulating evacuation of feces
cathartic[kəˈθɑːrtɪk] adj [experience, laughter] → cathartique
n. catártico, medicamento con efectos laxativos o purgativos;
a. catártico-a, rel. a la catarsis.