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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to cleanse or purge, especially causing evacuation of the bowels.
  • n. A purgative agent or medicine; a cathartic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. purging
  • n. something, such as a substance or medicine, that purges; laxative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power or quality of purging; cathartic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power of cleansing; usually, having the power of evacuating the intestines; cathartic.
  • Having the property, as judicial torture in some cases, of invalidating the evidence against an accused person, when he, under torture, satisfactorily answered the questions of the judges.
  • n. A medicine that evacuates the intestines, producing more or less abundant and watery stools.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
  • adj. strongly laxative

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