Definition of absterge in English:

absterge

verb

rare, archaic
  • with object To wipe away; to wipe clean, cleanse.

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in The Grete Herball. From Middle French, French absterger to wipe clean, to wipe off (e.g. the infected matter from a wound) or its etymon classical Latin abstergēre to wipe clean, to wipe off, to wipe away from abs + tergēre to wipe.

Pronunciation

absterge

/əbˈstəːdʒ//abˈstəːdʒ/