Definitions for cathartickəˈθɑr tɪk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
of or pertaining to catharsis.
Also, ca•thar′ti•cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
Origin of cathartic:
1605–15; < LL catharticus < Gk kathartikós fit for cleansing
purgative, cathartic, physic, aperient(adj)
a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
emotionally purging (of e.g. art)
cathartic, evacuant, purgative(adj)
purgative; inducing catharsis
That releases emotional tension, especially after an overwhelming experience
Origin: From κάθαρσις
alt. of Catharical
a medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity
In medicine, a cathartic is a substance that accelerates defecation. This is in contrast to a laxative, which is a substance which eases defecation, usually by softening feces. It is possible for a substance to be both a laxative and a cathartic. However, agents such as psyllium seed husks increase the bulk of the feces. Cathartics such as sorbitol, magnesium citrate, magnesium sulfate, or sodium sulfate were previously used as a form of gastrointestinal decontamination following poisoning via ingestion. They are no longer routinely recommended for poisonings. High-dose cathartics may be an effective means of ridding the lower gastrointestinal tract of toxins; however, they carry a risk of electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. During the 1918 flu pandemic, cathartics were used in the Fort Lewis, WA, area. An original report by Elizabeth J. Davies, a public health nurse, mentions cathartics, pneumonia jackets and copious amount of drinks as treatments for influenza patients. Blood is a cathartic. Gastrointestinal bleeding will cause diarrhea.
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