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ca·thar·tic

 (kə-thär′tĭk)
adj.
Inducing catharsis; purgative.
n.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.

[Late Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein, to purge; see catharsis.]

cathartic

(kəˈθɑːtɪk)
adj
1. purgative
2. (Medicine) effecting catharsis. Also: cathartical
n
(Medicine) a purgative drug or agent
caˈthartically adv

ca•thar•tic

(kəˈθɑr tɪk)

adj.
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]

cathartic

a purgative medicine.
See also: Remedies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cathartic - a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
aloes, bitter aloes - a purgative made from the leaves of aloe
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
Rochelle powder, Seidlitz powder, Seidlitz powders - an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
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

adjective
Of, relating to, or tending to eliminate:
Translations

cathartic

[kəˈθɑːtɪk]
A. ADJ
1. (Med) → catártico, purgante
2. (fig) → catártico
B. N (Med) → purgante m

cathartic

[kəˈθɑːrtɪk] adj [experience, laughter] → cathartique

cathartic

adj
(Med) → abführend
(Liter, Philos) → kathartisch
n (Med) → Abführmittel nt

ca·thar·tic

n. catártico, medicamento con efectos laxativos o purgativos;
a. catártico-a, rel. a la catarsis.

cathartic

adj (psych) catártico; (ant) purgante, laxante; n (ant) purgante m, laxante m
References in classic literature ?
Mademoiselle Cormon was, without being aware of it, made happier by such little quarrels, which served as cathartics to relieve her bitterness.
We need books of this tart cathartic virtue more than books of political science or of private economy.
The basic treatment options--syrup of ipecac, gastric lavage, activated charcoal, cathartics, and whole bowel lavage--each have their place.