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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- in Indo-European roots.]

a·pe′ri·ent n.


(əˈpɪərɪənt) med
(Medicine) laxative
(Pharmacology) Also called: aperitive a mild laxative
[C17: from Latin aperīre to open]


(əˈpɪər i ənt)

1. having a mild purgative or laxative effect.
2. a substance that acts as a mild laxative.
[1620–30; < Latin aperient-, s. of aperiēns, present participle of aperīre to open]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aperient - a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
aloes, bitter aloes - a purgative made from the leaves of aloe
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
Rochelle powder, Seidlitz powder, Seidlitz powders - an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
Adj.1.aperient - mildly laxativeaperient - mildly laxative      
laxative - stimulating evacuation of feces


A. ADJlaxante
B. Nlaxante m


nAbführmittel nt


1. adjlassativo/a
2. nlassativo
References in classic literature ?
Newman's first act was to compel Nicholas, with gentle force, to swallow half of the punch at a breath, nearly boiling as it was; and his next, to pour the remainder down the throat of Smike, who, never having tasted anything stronger than aperient medicine in his whole life, exhibited various odd manifestations of surprise and delight, during the passage of the liquor down his throat, and turned up his eyes most emphatically when it was all gone.
I mention the circumstance here, thinking it probable that this is the first occasion on which the valuable medicine in question was ever used as a conversational aperient.
In addition, during the last 5 years, she was experienced random bouts of pain across the bowels, with sickness and more or less constipation, from which she was relieved by mild aperients, injections, etc.