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aperient

 [ah-pe´re-ent]
1. mildly cathartic.
2. a substance that is mildly cathartic.

aperient

(ə-pîr′ē-ənt)
adj.
Gently stimulating evacuation of the bowels; laxative.
n.
A mild laxative.

a·pe′ri·ent n.

aperient

[əpir′ē·ənt]
Etymology: L, aperire, to open
a mild laxative.

lax·a·tive

(lak'să-tiv)
Any oral agent that promotes the expulsion of feces, including harsh stimulant laxatives (e.g., senna, bisacodyl), saline laxatives (e.g., magnesium citrate), stool softeners (e.g., docusate sodium), bulking laxatives (e.g., psyllium, methylcellulose), and lubricants (e.g., mineral oil).
Synonym(s): aperient.
[L. laxativus, fr. laxo, pp. -atus, to slacken, relax]

aperient

A laxative or mild purgative.

aperient,

n a substance with the ability to purge the digestive system of a given agent.

aperient

1. mildly cathartic.
2. a gentle purgative.