Definitions for purgativeˈpɜr gə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pur•ga•tiveˈpɜr gə tɪv(adj.)

  1. purging or cleansing, esp. by causing evacuation of the bowels.

    Category: Medicine

  2. (n.)a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of purgative:

1350–1400; ME purgatyf (< MF) < LL pūrgātīvus= pūrgat(us), ptp. of pūrgāre to purge+ -īvus -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. purgative, cathartic, physic, aperient(adj)

    a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

  2. cathartic, evacuant, purgative(adj)

    strongly laxative


  1. purgative(Noun)

    something, such as a substance or medicine, that purges; laxative

  2. purgative(Adjective)

    (capable of) purging

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purgative(adj)

    having the power or quality of purging; cathartic

  2. Purgative(noun)

    a purging medicine; a cathartic

Translations for purgative

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a medicine) which clears waste matter out of the body.

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