Ca*thar"tic, n. [Gr. .] (Med.) A medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity.
The cathartics are more energetic and certain in action that the laxatives, which simply increase the tendency to alvine evacuation; and less powerful and irritaint that the drastic purges, which cause profuse, repeated, and watery evacuations.
adv. -- Ca*thar"tic*al*ness,
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