carminative

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adjective car·mi·na·tive \kär-ˈmi-nə-tiv, ˈkär-mə-ˌnā-\

Definition of carminative

  1. :  expelling gas from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension

carminative

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In times gone by, human personalities were believed to be controlled by four humors: blood, phlegm, choler (yellow bile), and melancholy (black vile). Though this belief was long ago discredited, its influence lingers on in the English language. When "carminative" came into use in the 15th-century medical field, carminative agents were thought to be effective because they influenced the humors. The word comes from Latin carrere, meaning "to card," referring to the act of cleansing or disentangling. This history reflects the theory that certain humors could be "combed out" like knots in wool.

Origin and Etymology of carminative

French carminatif, from Latin carminatus, past participle of carminare to card, from *carmin-, *carmen card, from carrere to card; akin to Lithuanian karšti to card


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adjective car·mi·na·tive \kär-ˈmin-ət-iv, ˈkär-mə-ˌnāt-\

Medical Definition of carminative

  1. :  expelling gas from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension


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carminative

noun car·mi·na·tive

Medical Definition of carminative

  1. :  a carminative agent

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