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(kă-thart′ik )

[Gr. kathartikos, pert. to catharsis, purifying, cleansing]

1. Pert. to catharsis.
2. An agent that causes catharsis, esp. evacuation of the bowel, e.g., cascara sagrada, castor oil.
SEE: purgative

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