purgative+medicine

  • 1 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 …

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  • 2 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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  • 3 purgative — I. a. Cathartic, abstergent, abstersive, cleansing, purifying, evacuant, detersive, detergent. II. n. (Med.) Purge, physic, cathartic, scourer, purgative medicine …

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  • 4 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.… …

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  • 5 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 …

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  • 6 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] …

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  • 7 medicine — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. medicament, medication, remedy; therapy, physic; medical profession. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [The healing profession] Syn. medical men, healers, practitioners, doctors, physicians, surgeons, osteopaths …

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  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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 …

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

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  • 13 Magnesium deficiency (medicine) — This article is about magnesium deficiency in humans and animals. For the condition of low blood magnesium levels, see Hypomagnesemia. For the condition of poor magnesium nutrition in plants, see Magnesium deficiency (agriculture). Magnesium… …

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  • 14 purg — purgative …

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  • 15 cathartic — 1. Relating to catharsis. 2. An agent having purgative action. * * * ca·thar·tic kə thärt ik adj of, relating to, or producing catharsis cathartic n a cathartic medicine: PURGATIVE * * * n …

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  • 16 purgation — Evacuation of the bowels with the aid of a purgative or cathartic. SYN: catharsis (1). [L. purgatio] * * * pur·ga·tion .pər gā shən n 1) the act of purging specif vigorous evacuation of the bowels (as from the action of a cathartic or an… …

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  • 17 aloe — 1. The dried juice from the leaves of plants of the genus A. (family Liliaceae), from which are derived aloin, resin, emodin, and volatile oils. 2. The dried juice from the leaves of A. perryi (socotrine aloes), of A. barbadensis (Barbados and… …

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  • 18 croton oil — A fixed oil expressed from the seeds of Croton tiglium (family Euphorbiaceae), an East Indian shrub; used as an irritant purgative, and externally as a counterirritant and vesicant. * * * croton oil krōt ən n a viscid acrid fixed oil from an… …

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  • 19 Jatropha — A genus of plants of the family Euphorbiaceae; a poisonous plant found in eastern Africa and the West Indies. [G. iatros, physician, + trophe, nourishment] J. curcas barbados nut or physic nut, the seed of which furnishes a purgative oil similar… …

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  • 20 resin — 1. An amorphous brittle substance consisting of the hardened secretion of a number of plants, probably derived from a volatile oil and similar to a stearoptene. 2. SYN: rosin. 3. A precipitate formed by the addition of water to certain tinctures …

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