carminative

[kahr-min-uh-tiv, kahr-muh-ney-tiv]
noun
1.
a drug causing expulsion of gas from the stomach or bowel.
adjective
2.
expelling gas from the body; relieving flatulence.

Origin:
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

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carminative (ˈkɑːmɪnətɪv)
 
adj
1.  able to relieve flatulence
 
n
2.  a carminative drug
 
[C15: from French carminatif, from Latin carmināre to card wool, remove impurities, from cārere to card]

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carminative
1665, from L. carminat-, pp. stem of carminare "to card."
"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]
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carminative car·min·a·tive (kär-mĭn'ə-tĭv, kär'mə-nā'-)
adj.
Inducing the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines. n.
A drug or agent that induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach or intestines.

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Peppermint oil is used for digestive complaints as a carminative and spasmolytic.
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