[kahr-min-uh-tiv, kahr-muh-ney-tiv]


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


expelling gas from the body; relieving flatulence.

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



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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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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

carminative in Medicine


[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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