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a drug causing expulsion of gas from the stomach or bowel.
expelling gas from the body; relieving flatulence.
Historical Examples

In veterinary practice the powdered seed is used as a carminative, pectoral, and corroborant.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

Stomachic, carminative, and slightly tonic; one to two ounces.
Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings

Ginger lozenges are carminative and stomachic, and are useful in flatulency, loss of appetite, &c.
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley

carminative—the warmth, the glow, the interior ripeness were all in the word.
Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley

Dalby’s carminative was merely misbranded, but that was bad enough.
Old English Patent Medicines in America George B. Griffenhagen

“carminative,” Denis repeated, and they were silent for a time.
Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley

The seeds are carminative, and the roots and leaves have reputed medicinal properties.
The Field and Garden Vegetables of America Fearing Burr

The oil is sometimes used in toothache and as a carminative in medicine.
Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture William Saunders

Like all volatile oils the drug is a stomachic and carminative.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7 Various

The leaves have an odor like that of anise, and the native India doctors employ them as a stomachic and carminative.
Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture William Saunders

able to relieve flatulence
a carminative drug

early 15c., from Latin carminat- (past participle stem of carminare “to card,” from carmen, genitive carminis, “a card for wool or flax,” which is related to carrere “to card;” see card (v.2)) + -ive. As a noun from 1670s.

A medical term from the old theory of humours. The object of carminatives is to expel wind, but the theory was that they dilute and relax the gross humours from whence the wind arises, combing them out like knots in wool. [Hensleigh Wedgwood, “A Dictionary of English Etymology,” 1859-65]

carminative car·min·a·tive (kär-mĭn’ə-tĭv, kär’mə-nā’-)
Inducing the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines. n.
A drug or agent that induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach or intestines.


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