Definition of aperient in English:



  • (chiefly of a drug) used to relieve constipation.

    • ‘All parts of the plant, but especially the root, are slightly aperient.’
    • ‘Medicines and herbs that are diuretic, warming diaphoretic, warming stimulant, expectorant, carminative and aperient (mildly laxative) are appropriate for treating Water imbalances…’
    • ‘In the spring time of the year, the judicious use of aperient medicines is much to be commended.’
    • ‘The routine use of Triphala each morning is thought to detoxify the body and restore the integrity of the entire digestive tract, with a perfect balance between its astringent, demulcent, digestive, and aperient properties.’
    laxative, aperient, lenitive, cathartic, evacuant, purging
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  • A drug used to relieve constipation.

    • ‘Aperients should not be given if any doubt about cause of constipation exists.’
    • ‘The aperient to which the author appears to give the preference over all others is senna.’
    • ‘Besides alcohol and ether, the patient took vast quantities of aperients, thyroid preparations and various salts, as well as homoeopathic preparations.’
    laxative, enema, aperient, lenitive, cathartic, evacuant
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Early 17th century: from Latin aperient- ‘opening’, from aperire.