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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.

pur·ga·tive

(pŭr'gă-tiv),
An agent used for purging the bowels.
See also: cathartic (2).
[L. purgativus, purging]

purgative

(pûr′gə-tĭv)
adj.
Tending to cleanse or purge, especially causing evacuation of the bowels.
n.
A purgative agent or medicine; a cathartic.

laxative

Herbal medicine
A herb used to purge the bowels.

Examples
Cascara (Cascara sagrada), castor oil plant (Ricinus communis), flax seed (Linum usitatissimum), liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), olive oil (Olea europaea), psyllium (Plantago psyllium), rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) and senna (Cassia acutifolia).

pur·ga·tive

(pŭr'gă-tiv)
An agent used for purging the bowels.
See also: cathartic (2)
[L. purgativus, purging]

purgative

A strong laxative drug.

pur·ga·tive

(pŭr'gă-tiv)
An agent used for purging the bowels.
[L. purgativus, purging]
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This alienation, a tactic copied by Michel Aoun with his own followers, serves a double purpose: to compel Shiites (or in Aoun's case, loyal Christians) to consider only their leaders the source of ultimate legitimacy in society; and more recently to facilitate a situation where their full takeover of the state, whose current leaders are deemed illegitimate, would be welcomed as a purgative.
Doctors who performed colonoscopies on 116 patients reported that the images inside the colon were of the same clarity whether the patients had taken two doses or just one dose of polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution, a purgative which removes fecal matter from the colon.
Still mourning the death of his wife Nellie, and slowly going crazy as a result of having to keep his weight down - he constantly downs a noxious purgative called only 'Archer's mixture' to prevent him from filling out into his 5ft 9in frame - even a Derby victory on Ormonde cannot cheer him up.