Aperient



having a mild purgative or laxative effect.
a medicine or food that acts as a mild laxative.
Historical Examples

Given in doses of half an ounce of the powdered bark, it acts as an aperient, and is good wherever an aperient is indicated.
The American Reformed Cattle Doctor George Dadd

Dispensatory: Described as a cathartic with roots tonic and aperient.
The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees James Mooney

Dog Grass (Triticum caninum) is so called because Dogs take it medicinally as an aperient.
Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics Richard Folkard

Butter is wholesome in youth and old age, anti-poisonous, and aperient.
Early English Meals and Manners Various

The above differ from aperient draughts simply in their greater strength.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

Brown bread and oatmeal porridge have also an aperient effect.
Papers on Health John Kirk

The genus is described as tonic, diaphoretic, and in large doses emetic and aperient.
The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees James Mooney

Do you presume to judge of Inglish’s aperient, who have swallowed but one?
The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two Harriette Wilson

A mild tonic, as well as an aperient, is plainly indicated soon after the commencement of rot.
Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings

Ammonio-chloride of iron is tonic, emmenagogue, and aperient.
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley

adjective
laxative
noun
a mild laxative

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