Definition of carminative in US English:



  • (chiefly of a drug) relieving flatulence.

    • ‘Its carminative action helps relieve wind and spasm in the bowel, and its gentle action is particularly suited for children and those with delicate stomachs.’
    • ‘Indian long pepper is a traditional Ayurvedic herb that has long been used for its anthelmintic and carminative actions.’
    • ‘Herbalists generally use carminative herbs like peppermint to treat indigestion.’
    • ‘Varro Tyler, dean and professor emeritus of pharmacognosy (natural product pharmacy) at Purdue University, notes that most of the carminative oils in peppermint and other mints are relatively insoluble in water.’
    • ‘Mixing of half teaspoonful of dry ginger powder in a glass of buttermilk adds to its digestive and carminative properties.’


  • A drug that relieves flatulence.

    • ‘For occasional indigestion, look for herbs, from three categories: bitters, carminatives and cholagogues.’
    • ‘Historically, the dried rhizome and root of this plant were employed medicinally by the Egyptian, Chinese, Greek, Indian, and Roman civilizations as an expectorant and carminative.’
    • ‘Fourth, Kava is a carminative that improves appetite and digestion.’
    • ‘Another important component of leaky gut syndrome treatment is the use of bitters and carminatives.’
    • ‘Less common applications include muscular and uterine cramping, nervous headache, and as a gastrointestinal carminative.’


Late Middle English: from Old French carminatif, -ive, or medieval Latin carminat- ‘healed (by incantation)’, from the verb carminare, from Latin carmen (see charm).