Definition of aperient in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpɪərɪənt/


(Chiefly of a drug) used to relieve constipation.
Example sentences
  • The routine use of Triphala each morning is thought to detoxify the body and restore the integrity of the entire digestive tract, with a perfect balance between its astringent, demulcent, digestive, and aperient properties.
  • In the spring time of the year, the judicious use of aperient medicines is much to be commended.
  • All parts of the plant, but especially the root, are slightly aperient.


A drug used to relieve constipation.
Example sentences
  • The aperient to which the author appears to give the preference over all others is senna.
  • Aperients should not be given if any doubt about cause of constipation exists.
  • Besides alcohol and ether, the patient took vast quantities of aperients, thyroid preparations and various salts, as well as homoeopathic preparations.


Early 17th century: from Latin aperient- 'opening', from aperire.

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