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Gently stimulating evacuation of the bowels; laxative.
A mild laxative.
[Latin aperiēns, aperient-, present participle of aperīre, to open; see wer-4 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(Pharmacology) Also called: aperitive a mild laxative
[C17: from Latin aperīre to open]
a•per•i•ent(əˈpɪər i ənt)
1. having a mild purgative or laxative effect.n.
2. a substance that acts as a mild laxative.
[1620–30; < Latin aperient-, s. of aperiēns, present participle of aperīre to open]
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|Noun||1.||aperient - a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels|
castor oil - a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor-oil plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically
Epsom salts - (used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative
laxative - a mild cathartic
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
milk of magnesia - purgative consisting of a milky white liquid suspension of magnesium hydroxide; used as a laxative and (in smaller doses) as an antacid
|Adj.||1.||aperient - mildly laxative |
laxative - stimulating evacuation of feces