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purgative

[pur-guh-tiv] /ˈpɜr gə tɪv/
adjective
1.
purging or cleansing, especially by causing evacuation of the bowels.
noun
2.
a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Late Latin pūrgātīvus (see purgation, -ive); replacing Middle English purgatyf < Middle French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
purgatively, adverb
nonpurgative, adjective
nonpurgatively, adverb
unpurgative, adjective
unpurgatively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for un-purgative

purgative

/ˈpɜːɡətɪv/
noun
1.
a drug or agent for purging the bowels
adjective
2.
causing evacuation of the bowels; cathartic
Derived Forms
purgatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un-purgative
purgative
c.1400 (adj.), from O.Fr. purgatif (14c.), from L.L. purgativus, from L. purgatus, pp. of purgare (see purge). The noun is attested from 1626.
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un-purgative in Medicine

purgative pur·ga·tive (pûr'gə-tĭv)
n.
An agent used for purging the bowels. adj.
Tending to cause evacuation of the bowels.


pur'ga·tive adj.
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