aperient

aperient

[uh-peer-ee-uhnt] Medicine/Medical.
adjective
1.
having a mild purgative or laxative effect.
noun
2.
a medicine or food that acts as a mild laxative.
Also called aperitive.


Origin:
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)
 
adj
1.  laxative
 
n
2.  a mild laxative
 
[C17: from Latin aperīre to open]

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