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cathartic

 [kah-thahr´tik]
1. causing emptying of the bowels.
2. an agent that so acts; called also evacuant and purgative.
3. producing emotional catharsis.
bulk cathartic one stimulating bowel evacuation by increasing fecal volume.
lubricant cathartic one that acts by softening the feces and reducing friction between them and the intestinal wall.
saline cathartic one that increases fluidity of intestinal contents by retention of water by osmotic forces, and indirectly increases motor activity.
stimulant cathartic one that directly increases motor activity of the intestinal tract.

ca·thar·tic

(kă-thar'tik),
1. Relating to catharsis.
2. An agent having purgative action.

cathartic

(kə-thär′tĭk)
adj.
Inducing catharsis; purgative.
n.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.

cathartic

Herbal medicine
adjective Referring to an evacuative therapeutic agent.
 
noun A herb that evokes intestinal evacuation.

Herbal cathartics
• Black root—Leptandra virginica.
• Butternut—Juglans cinerea.
• Castor oil plant—Ricinus communis.
• Jalapa—Ipomoea jalapa.
• Mayapple—Podophyllum peltatum.
• Mountain flax—Linum catharticum.
• Rhubarb—Rheum palmatum.
• Senna—Cassia acutifolia. 
 
Medspeak
adjective Having the effect of or referring to a laxative.
 
noun A laxative.

Psychiatry
adjective Referring to or having the effect of catharsis.

cathartic

adjective Referring to
1. Catharsis, see there.
2. An evacuative therapeutic agent Mainstream medicine noun A purgative, laxative.

ca·thar·tic

(kă-thahr'tik)
1. Relating to catharsis.
2. An agent having purgative action (i.e., of the bowel).