from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wash or wipe off (a wound, for example); cleanse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To clean of undesirable material
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cleanse; to purge away, as foul or offending matter from the body, or from an ulcer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cleanse; clear away foul or offensive matter from, as from the body or from a wound or ulcer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. wipe away; to wash off or out, cleanse; chiefly in medical use: to clear away foul matter from the body
Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire we find catharsis pre - sented in a farcical situation: Clysterium donare, Postea seignare, Ensuita purgare (“With a clyster deterge, then let the blood spurge, and finally purge”).
In order to prevent infection, it is necessary to properly deterge and disinfect the wound.