from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Expelling or tending to expel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Expelling or having the power to expel: as, an expellant medicine.
  • n. That which expels: as, calomel is a powerful expellant.


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  • One late sixteenth-century commentator on America recommended it as a purge for superfluous phlegm; and smokers believed it functioned as an antidote for poisons, as an expellant for "sour" humors, and as a healer of wounds.

    Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699


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