• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Absterge To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; hence, to purge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • absterge To wipe, or make clean by wiping; wash away.
    • absterge In medicine: To cleanse by lotions, as a wound or ulcer. To purge. See deterge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Absterge to cleanse, purge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abstergere, abstersum,; ab, abs, + tergere, to wipe. Cf. F absterger,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. absterg─ôre, -tersum, to wipe away.


In literature:

Ut lubet feriat, abstergant hos ictus Democriti pharmacos.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior