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Definition of "aperient" []

  • Gently stimulating evacuation of the bowels; laxative. (adjective)
  • A mild laxative. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "aperient" in a sentence
  • "It will be perfect KGB—as much powder as will fit on the head of a thumbtack, made from the same plant my mother used as an aperient when I was a child."
  • "I mention the circumstance here, thinking it probable that this is the first occasion on which the valuable medicine in question was ever used as a conversational aperient."
  • "Gerzilin, or sesamum — “wild sesamum,” was shown to us, and is said to be well known among native nurses as a very gentle and tasteless aperient for children."