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PURGATIVE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does purgative mean? 

PURGATIVE (noun)
  The noun PURGATIVE has 1 sense:

1. a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

  Familiarity information: PURGATIVE used as a noun is very rare.


PURGATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective PURGATIVE has 1 sense:

1. strongly laxative

  Familiarity information: PURGATIVE used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PURGATIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

A purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

aperient; cathartic; physic; purgative

Hypernyms ("purgative" is a kind of...):

medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine ((medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "purgative"):

aloes; bitter aloes (a purgative made from the leaves of aloe)

castor oil (a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically)

Epsom salts ((used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative)

laxative (a mild cathartic)

milk of magnesia (purgative consisting of a milky white liquid suspension of magnesium hydroxide; used as a laxative and (in smaller doses) as an antacid)

Rochelle powder; Seidlitz powder; Seidlitz powders (an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic)


PURGATIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Strongly laxative

Synonyms:

evacuant; purgative; cathartic

Similar:

laxative (stimulating evacuation of feces)


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