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{ Ca*thar"tic (?), Ca*thar"ic*al (?), } a. [Gr. &unr_;, fr. &unr_; to cleanse, fr. &unr_; pure; akin to F. chaste.] 1. (Med.) Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by stool; purgative.
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2. Of or pertaining to the purgative principle of senna, as cathartic acid.
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Ca*thar"tic, n. [Gr. &unr_;.] (Med.) A medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity.
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&hand_; The cathartics are more energetic and certain in action that the laxatives, which simply increase the tendency to alvine evacuation; and less powerful and irritaint that the drastic purges, which cause profuse, repeated, and watery evacuations.

-- Ca*thar"tic*al*ly, adv. -- Ca*thar"tic*al*ness, n.
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