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[pur-gey-shuh n] /pɜrˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act of purging.
Origin of purgation
1325-75; Middle English purgacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin pūrgātiōn- (stem of pūrgātiō) a cleansing, purging, equivalent to pūrgāt(us) (past participle of pūrgāre to make clean or pure, derivative of pūrus pure) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonpurgation, noun
superpurgation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for purgation
  • Then there will be catharsis, the experience of purgation and relief.
  • True, true, and now you will be my purgation and let me loose.
  • Fecal specimens should not be collected using laxatives, mineral oil, bismuth or barium compounds for purgation.
British Dictionary definitions for purgation


the act of purging or state of being purged; purification
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Word Origin and History for purgation

late 14c., "purification from sin," also "discharge of waste," from Old French purgacion "a cleansing," medical or spiritual (12c., Modern French purgation) and directly from Latin purgationem (nominative purgatio) "a cleansing, purging," figuratively "an apology, justification," noun of action from past participle stem of purgare (see purge (v.)).

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purgation in Medicine

purgation pur·ga·tion (pûr-gā'shən)
Evacuation of the bowels through the use of a purgative medicine.

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