[ kahr-min-uh-tiv, kahr-muh-ney-tiv ]
/ kɑrˈmɪn ə tɪv, ˈkɑr məˌneɪ tɪv /


a drug causing expulsion of gas from the stomach or bowel.


expelling gas from the body; relieving flatulence.

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Origin of carminative

1645–55; < Late Latin carmināt(us), past participle of carmināre to purify (Latin: to card (wool), verbal derivative of carmen (attested only in Late Latin) comb for carding wool) + -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carminative

/ (ˈkɑːmɪnətɪv) /


able to relieve flatulence


a carminative drug

Word Origin for carminative

C15: from French carminatif, from Latin carmināre to card wool, remove impurities, from cārere to card
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Medicine definitions for carminative

[ kär-mĭnə-tĭv, kärmə-nā′- ]


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.
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