- a drug causing expulsion of gas from the stomach or bowel.
- expelling gas from the body; relieving flatulence.
Origin of carminative
Examples from the Web for carminative
Stomachic, carminative, and slightly tonic; one to two ounces.Cattle and Their Diseases
It is a very useful stimulant, tonic, stomachic and carminative.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
If I recollect right, you threw the carminative mixture in my face.Olla Podrida
Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
It is aromatic, carminative, and stimulant; and more effectually covers the taste of senna than any other substance.
When the pain is extreme, warm fomentations to the belly, or a carminative clyster, will generally give relief.
- able to relieve flatulence
- a carminative drug
Word Origin and History for carminative
early 15c., from Latin carminat- (past participle stem of carminare "to card," from carmen, genitive carminis, "a card for wool or flax," which is related to carrere "to card;" see card (v.2)) + -ive. As a noun from 1670s.
A medical term from the old theory of humours. The object of carminatives is to expel wind, but the theory was that they dilute and relax the gross humours from whence the wind arises, combing them out like knots in wool. [Hensleigh Wedgwood, "A Dictionary of English Etymology," 1859-65]
- Inducing the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines.
- A drug or agent that induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach or intestines.