from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In medicine: An active purgative, as jalap, which produces a great flux from the intestinal membrane, and consequently gives rise to very watery stools.
- noun A remedy believed to be capable of drawing off serum effused into any part of the body, as a cathartic of the above class or a diuretic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Med.) Causing a discharge of water; expelling serum effused into any part of the body, as in dropsy.
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- adjective medicine Causing a
dischargeof water; expelling serum effusedinto any part of the body, as in dropsy.
- noun Any medicine of this kind, usually a
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These five pills given at once form an excellent hydragogue cathartic to clear the chest, relieve breathing and diminish the dropsical effusion.
Bone in the arm of humans extending from the shoulder to the elbow. hydragogue
It is a powerful irritant, and is employed medicinally as a drastic and hydragogue cathartic.
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The abdominal cavity being very frequently the seat of dropsical effusion, when this takes place to any great extent, despite the continued and free use of the medicinal diuretic and the hydragogue cathartic, the surgeon is required to make an opening with the instrumental hydragogue -- viz., the trocar and cannula.
In other words it is a highly energetic hydragogue cathartic, especially indicated when we wish to drain off the fluid element of the blood, as in dropsy, asthma, pulmonary and cerebral congestion.
-- The part employed is the fruit pulp, official in all the pharmacopoeias as a very energetic hydragogue cathartic.
The seeds contain an oil that is official in all Pharmacopoeias as one of the most powerful hydragogue cathartics.
-- The root is a hydragogue cathartic even in minute doses.
These diseases will bear thorough depletion of the alimentary canal, active, hydragogue cathartics being indicated.
Gamboge is a powerful drastic, hydragogue cathartic, which is apt to produce nausea and vomiting.