Definition of purgative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɜːɡətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrɡətɪv//
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a substance, especially a medicine, that causes your bowels to empty Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French purgatif, -ive, from late Latin purgativus, from purgat- ‘purified’, from the verb purgare ‘purify’, from purus ‘pure’.

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