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 (kär-mĭn′ə-tĭv, kär′mə-nā′-)
Inducing the expulsion of excess gas from the stomach and intestines.
A carminative drug or agent.

[Middle English carminatif, from Old French, from Latin carminātus, past participle of carmināre, to card wool, from *carmen, card for wool, from cārere, to card.]
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(Pharmacology) able to relieve flatulence
(Pharmacology) a carminative drug
[C15: from French carminatif, from Latin carmināre to card wool, remove impurities, from cārere to card]
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(kɑrˈmɪn ə tɪv, ˈkɑr məˌneɪ tɪv)

1. expelling gas from the stomach and bowel.
2. a carminative medicine.
[1645–55; < Late Latin carmināt(us), past participle of carmināre to purify (Latin: to card (wool)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carminative - medication that prevents the formation of gas in the alimentary tract or eases its passing
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
Adj.1.carminative - relieving gas in the alimentary tract (colic or flatulence or griping)
healthful - conducive to good health of body or mind; "a healthful climate"; "a healthful environment"; "healthful nutrition"; "healthful sleep"; "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance"
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The pulp is used as antipyretic, laxatives and carminatives, alone or in combinations with limejuice, honey, milk, dates, spices and camphor (Jayaweera, 1981).
For example listed under the heading of 'gastrointestinal system' are antacids, anthelmintics, antiemetics, carminatives, demulcents, gastrointestinal anti-inflammatories, gastrointestinal astringents, gastrointestinal spasmolytics, laxatives and mucous membrane trophorestoratives.
Both are employed as condiments and carminatives, to scent perfumes and soaps.