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Abste'rsive. adj. [from absterge.] That has the quality of absterging or cleansing.

It is good, after purging, to use apozemes and broths, not so much opening as those used before purging; but abstersive and mundifying clysters also are good to conclude with, to draw away the reliques of the humours. Bacon's Nat. History.

A tablet stood of that abstersive tree,
Where Æthiops' swarthy bird did build to nest.
Sir J. Denh.

There, many a flow'r abstersive grew,
Thy fav'rite flow'rs of yellow hue.
Swift's Miscellanies.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Denham, John (75) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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