1. Relating to catharsis. 2. An agent having purgative action.

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ca·thar·tic kə-'thärt-ik adj of, relating to, or producing catharsis
cathartic n a cathartic medicine: PURGATIVE

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ca·thar·tic (kə-thahrґtik) 1. causing emptying of the bowels. 2. an agent that causes emptying of the bowels, such as by increasing bulk or stimulating peristaltic action. Called also evacuant and purgative. 3. producing emotional catharsis.

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