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aperient


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aperient  \A*pe"ri*ent\,  a.  [L.  aperiens  p.  pr  of  aperire  to 
  uncover,  open  ab  +  parire  parere,  to  bring  forth,  produce. 
  Cf  {Cover},  {Overt}.]  (Med.) 
  Gently  opening  the  bowels;  laxative.  --  n.  An  aperient 
  medicine  or  food.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aperient 
  adj  :  mildly  laxative 
  n  :  a  purging  medicine;  stimulates  evacuation  of  the  bowels 
  [syn:  {purgative},  {cathartic},  {laxative},  {physic}] 




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