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 for aperient
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aperient \A*pe"ri*ent\, a. [L. aperiens, p. pr. of aperire to
     uncover, open; ab + parire, parere, to bring forth, produce.
     Cf. Cover, Overt.] (Med.)
     Gently opening the bowels; laxative. -- n. An aperient
     medicine or food. --Arbuthnot.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  aperient
      adj 1: mildly laxative
      n 1: a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
           [syn: purgative, cathartic, physic, aperient]

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