purgen

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Etymology[edit]

Genericized version of the trade name Purgen, from purge.

Noun[edit]

purgen (uncountable)

  1. (proprietary name, obsolete) A preparation of phenolphthalein, employed as a laxative.
    • 1908, Norbert Ortner, ‎Nathaniel Bowditch Potter, ‎Frederic Huntington Bartlett, Treatment of Internal Diseases: For Physicians and Students, page 498:
      The author considers purgen (phenolphthalein) generally reliable as a cathartic, but one attended with some danger.

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