having a mild purgative or laxative effect.
a medicine or food that acts as a mild laxative.
< Latin aperient-
(stem of aperiēns
opening, present participle of aperīre
to open), equivalent to aperi-
, variant of ab- ab-
) + -ent- -ent
; the base -eri-,
perhaps with an earlier shape *wery-
occurs only in this verb and operīre
to close (see cover