Definition of cathartic in English:


Line breaks: cath|ar¦tic
Pronunciation: /kəˈθɑːtɪk


  • 2 Medicine Purgative.
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    • Participants 50 years and older with an indication for colonoscopy underwent cathartic preparation of the colon before CTC followed by regular colonoscopy.
    • The cathartic dose of sorbitol is 20 to 50 grams.
    • The third type of intervention is administration of cathartic agents to increase gastrointestinal motility and hasten the expulsion of the toxin.


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  • A purgative drug.
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    • Other laxatives and cathartics are available.
    • Mercury is used in the manufacture of skin medicine, dental amalgam, plastics, cathartics, paints, fungicides, cosmetics, and scientific instruments.
    • There is no evidence that cathartics reduce absorption or toxicity, however.



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  • There are beautiful quiet passages (including a surprisingly restrained Jaco solo) and tracks that just build and build until they just explode cathartically.
  • I at least hope I have convinced you that my mom is a headcase and look forward to cathartically yet necessarily reviewing the insanity of my father next Saturday.
  • The secret to a successful relocation is knowing what to honestly expect so you can laugh cathartically when the inevitable bizarre scenarios emerge.


early 17th century (in medical use): via late Latin from Greek kathartikos, from katharsis ‘cleansing’ (see catharsis).

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