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purgative

  
  ( purgatives    plural  )
1       n-count   A purgative is a medicine that causes you to get rid of unwanted waste from your body.  
FORMAL   (=laxative)  
2       adj   A purgative substance acts as a purgative.  
FORMAL   ADJ n  
...purgative oils., ...a purgative tea.     
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purgative

  
1   
      n   aperient     (Medical)   cathartic, depurative, emetic, enema, evacuant, laxative, physic     (rare)   purge  
2   
      adj   aperient     (Medical)   cleansing, depurative, evacuant, laxative, purging  

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