purgative

  • 1 Purgative — Pur ga*tive, a. [L. purgativus: cf. F. purgatif.] Having the power or quality of purging; cathartic. n. (Med.) A purging medicine; a cathartic. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 purgative — c.1400 (adj.), from O.Fr. purgatif (14c.), from L.L. purgativus, from L. purgatus, pp. of purgare (see PURGE (Cf. purge)). The noun is attested from 1620s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 purgative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ strongly laxative in effect. ► NOUN ▪ a laxative …

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  • 4 purgative — [pʉr′gə tiv] adj. [ME purgatyf < MFr purgatif < LL purgativus] 1. that purges; purging 2. causing bowel movement n. a substance that purges; specif., a cathartic SYN. PHYSIC …

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  • 5 purgative — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)gətɪv[/t]] purgatives 1) N COUNT A purgative is a medicine that causes you to get rid of unwanted waste from your body. [FORMAL] The doctors attempted to reduce his high fever by inducing diarrhea with a purgative. Syn: laxative 2) ADJ …

    English dictionary

  • 6 purgative — ● purgatif, purgative adjectif (bas latin purgativus) purgatif nom masculin (bas latin purgativus) Se dit d une substance à l action laxative puissante et rapide. ● purgatif, purgative (synonymes) …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 7 purgative — noun (C) a medicine or food that makes your bowels empty themselves purgative adjective: Figs often have a purgative effect …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 purgative — UK [ˈpɜː(r)ɡətɪv] / US [ˈpɜrɡətɪv] noun [countable] Word forms purgative : singular purgative plural purgatives a food or drug that makes you go to the toilet …

    English dictionary

  • 9 purgative — purgatively, adv. /perr geuh tiv/, adj. 1. purging or cleansing, esp. by causing evacuation of the bowels. n. 2. a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic. [1350 1400; < LL purgativus (see PURGATION, IVE); r. ME purgatyf < MF < LL, as above] * * * …

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  • 10 purgative — An agent used for purging the bowels. SEE ALSO: cathartic (2). [L. purgativus, purging] saline p. epsom salt, Rochelle salt, or any salt having p. properties. * * * pur·ga·tive pər gət iv adj purging or tending to purge: CATHARTIC pur·ga·tive·ly …

    Medical dictionary

  • 11 purgative — I. a. Cathartic, abstergent, abstersive, cleansing, purifying, evacuant, detersive, detergent. II. n. (Med.) Purge, physic, cathartic, scourer, purgative medicine …

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  • 12 purgative — pur•ga•tive [[t]ˈpɜr gə tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) med purging or cleansing, esp. by causing evacuation of the bowels 2) pha a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME purgatyf (< MF) < LL pūrgātīvus=pūrgat(us), ptp.… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 purgative — /ˈpɜgətɪv / (say perguhtiv) adjective 1. purging; cleansing; specifically, causing evacuation of the bowels. –noun 2. a purgative medicine or agent. {Middle English, from Late Latin purgātīvus, past participle, cleansed} –purgatively, adverb …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 purgative —   La au nahā, pakelo. See laxative, medicine.    ♦ Among the plants listed by Blaisdell used as purgatives are ākia, aloe, hala, hau, ilima, ipu awa awa, kā e e, kaliko, kalo, koali awa, kuawa, kukui, mai a, moa, pānini awa awa, pilikai, pōhuehue …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 15 purgative — adj. & n. adj. 1 serving to purify. 2 strongly laxative. n. 1 a purgative thing. 2 a laxative. Etymology: ME f. OF purgatif ive or LL purgativus (as PURGE) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 purgative — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English purgatif, from Late Latin purgativus, from Latin purgatus, past participle Date: 15th century purging or tending to purge II. noun Date: 1576 a purging medicine ; cathartic …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 purgative — 1. adjective (capable of) purging 2. noun something, such as a substance or medicine, that purges; laxative …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 purgative — Synonyms and related words: abstergent, alleviating, alleviative, analgesic, anesthetic, anodyne, aperient, apologetic, ascetic, assuasive, atoning, balmy, balsamic, benumbing, carminative, cathartic, cleaner, cleaning, cleaning agent, cleaning… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 Purgative — A substance to relieve constipation. Aleurites, Allamanda, Aloe, Ananas, Andira, Annona, Argemone, Artemisia, Asclepias, Bocconia, Caesalpinia, Carapa, Cassia, Chlorophora, Clematis, Clitoria, Clusia, Costus, Crescentia, Davilla, Drepanocarpus,… …

    EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • 20 purgative — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. cathartic, emetic, laxative, physic, aperient. adj. purifying, cleansing; abstergent, evacuant, cathartic, expulsive, emetic, aperient, physic, laxative; restorative. See cleanness. II (Roget s IV) n …

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