- cathartick (obsolete)
- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)tɪk
- Purgative; inducing (mental or physical) catharsis
- That releases emotional tension, especially after an overwhelming experience
purgative; inducing catharsis
cathartic (plural cathartics)
- (medicine) A laxative.
- 1833, R. J. Bertin, Charles W. Chauncy, transl., Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart, and Great Vessels, Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blnachard, page 165:
- The disease was regarded as pneumonia so far advanced that suppuration seemed to have supervened; bleeding, blisters, expectorants, and cathartics diminished the symptoms; the pulse continued frequent, hard, full, but always regular.