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aperient

[uh-peer-ee-uh nt]Medicine/Medical
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adjective
  1. having a mild purgative or laxative effect.
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noun
  1. a medicine or food that acts as a mild laxative.
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Origin of aperient

1620–30; < Latin aperient- (stem of aperiēns opening, present participle of aperīre to open), equivalent to aperi- (apparently ap-, variant of ab- ab- + -eri-) + -ent- -ent; the base -eri-, perhaps with an earlier shape *wery- or *twery-, occurs only in this verb and operīre to close (see cover, operculum)
Also called aperitive.
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Related Words for aperient

purging, purge, laxative, physic, aperient, emetic, cathartic, excretory, purgative, evacuant, expulsive, expiatory, purgatorial, aperitive, lustral

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British Dictionary definitions for aperient

aperient

adjective
  1. laxative
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noun
  1. a mild laxative
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Word Origin for aperient

C17: from Latin aperīre to open
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