cathartic

[ kuh-thahr-tik ]SEE DEFINITION OF cathartic

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Irritant, cathartic, stimulant, and antiseptic; one to one and a half pounds.

Take a cathartic; notify the physician at once and follow his directions.

Dispensatory: Described as a cathartic with roots tonic and aperient.

Emetic, cathartic with calomel; then sorbentia, chalybeates, Peruvian bark.

From fifteen to twenty grains are an ordinary dose for a cathartic.

Either a cathartic or an emetic will leave the system under some debility.

This opinion is quite in advance of the annual cathartic cleansing.

First, see that the bowels are loose—if not, a cathartic should be given.

Such was their theory, after Louis got that cathartic, and rose from bed.

When given as a medicine, the Cathartic is first received into the stomach.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, of medicines, from Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos "fit for cleansing, purgative," from katharsis "purging, cleansing" (see catharsis). General sense is from 1670s. Related: Cathartical.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CATHARTIC

cleanser

nounstrong disinfectant, solvent
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