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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.]
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cathartic

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

a purgative medicine.
See also: Remedies
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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
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cathartic

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

cathartic

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

[kəˈθɑːrtɪk] adj [experience, laughter] → cathartique
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cathartic

adj
(Med) → abführend
(Liter, Philos) → kathartisch
n (Med) → Abführmittel nt
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ca·thar·tic

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

adj (psych) catártico; (ant) purgante, laxante; n (ant) purgante m, laxante m
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