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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ca·thar·tic /kəˈθɑrtɪk/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 ca·thar·tic /kəˈθɑrtɪk/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ca·thar·tic Ca·thar·ic·al a.
 1. Med. Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by stool; purgative.
 2. Of or pertaining to the purgative principle of senna, as cathartic acid.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ca·thar·tic, n.  Med. A medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity.
 Note: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.
 -- Ca*thar*tic*al*ly, adv. -- Ca*thar*tic*al*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: emotionally purging [syn: psychotherapeutic]
      2: emotionally purging (of e.g. art) [syn: releasing]
      3: strongly laxative [syn: evacuant, purgative]
      n : a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
          [syn: purgative, physic, aperient]