/euh pear"ee euhnt/, Med.
1. having a mild purgative or laxative effect.
2. a medicine or food that acts as a mild laxative. Also called aperitive.
[1620-30; < L aperient- (s. of aperiens opening, prp. of aperire to open), equiv. to aperi- (appar. ap-, var. of ab- AB- + -eri-) + -ent- -ENT; the base -eri-, perh. with an earlier shape *wery- or *twery-, occurs only in this verb and operire to close (see COVER, OPERCULUM)]

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  • aperient — [ə pir′ē ənt] adj., n. [L aperiens, prp. of aperire: see APERTURE] laxative SYN. PHYSIC …   English World dictionary

  • aperient — adjective Etymology: Latin aperient , aperiens, present participle of aperire Date: 1626 gently moving the bowels ; laxative • aperient noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aperient — ape·ri·ent ə pir ē ənt adj gently causing the bowels to move: LAXATIVE aperient n an aperient agent * * * n. a mild laxative. * * * ape·ri·ent (ə pērґe ənt) [L. aperiens opening] laxative …   Medical dictionary

  • aperient — a•per•i•ent [[t]əˈpɪər i ənt[/t]] adj. 1) med having a mild purgative or laxative effect 2) pha a substance that acts as a mild laxative • Etymology: 1620–30; < L aperient , s. of aperiēns, prp. of aperīre to open …   From formal English to slang

  • aperient — adj. & n. adj. laxative. n. a laxative medicine. Etymology: L aperire aperient to open …   Useful english dictionary

  • aperient — 1. adjective having a gentle laxative effect. See Also: aperture 2. noun a laxative, either in the form of a medicine or a food such as hops or asparagus, which has the effect of moving the bowels, or aiding digestion and preventing …   Wiktionary

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  • aperient — a·pe·ri·ent || É™ pɪərɪənt adj. purgative, laxative (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • aperient — I. a. (Med.) Laxative, deobstruent loosening. II. n. (Med.) Laxative, laxative medicine …   New dictionary of synonyms

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