from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Gently stimulating evacuation of the bowels; laxative.
- n. A mild laxative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having a gentle laxative effect.
- n. 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 constipation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Gently opening the bowels; laxative.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In medicine, gently purgative; having the quality of opening the bowels; laxative; deobstruent.
- n. A medicine which gently opens the bowels; a laxative.
- n. Also aperitive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. mildly laxative
- n. a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
Latin aperiēns, aperient-, present participle of aperīre, to open; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)