aperient

[ uh-peer-ee-uhnt ]
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adjective
  1. having a mild purgative or laxative effect.

noun
  1. a medicine or food that acts as a mild laxative.

Origin of aperient

1
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)

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aperient

/ (əˈpɪərɪənt) med /


adjective
  1. laxative

noun
  1. a mild laxative

Origin of aperient

1
C17: from Latin aperīre to open

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