purgative definition by Webster's New World
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- that purges; purging
- causing bowel movement
Origin: Middle English purgatyf ; from Middle French purgatif ; from Late Latin purgativus
a substance that purges; specif., a cathartic
purgative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Tending to cleanse or purge, especially causing evacuation of the bowels.noun
A purgative agent or medicine; a cathartic.
purgative - Medical Definition
An agent used for purging the bowels.adjective
Tending to cause evacuation of the bowels.
- purgative adjective