follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

aperient

[uh-peer-ee-uh nt] /əˈpɪər i ənt/
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
1620-1630
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)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for aperient

aperient

/əˈpɪərɪənt/
adjective
1.
laxative
noun
2.
a mild laxative
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aperīre to open
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for aperient

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for aperient

10
12
Scrabble Words With Friends