also ex·pel·lent  (ĭk-spĕl′ənt)
Expelling or tending to expel.
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(ɪkˈspɛlənt) or


forcing out or having the capacity to force out
(Medicine) a medicine used to expel undesirable substances or organisms from the body, esp worms from the digestive tract
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Neque lam quia commoll enihiliqui bea cuptatem veles expellant plicium fugiam fuga.
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