Ape'rient. adj. [aperio, Lat. to open.] That which has the quality of opening; chiefly used in medicine for gently purgative.
There be bracelets fit to comfort the spirits; and they be of three intentions; refrigerant, corroborant, and aperient. Bacon.
Of the stems of plants, some contain a fine aperient salt, and are diuretick and saponaceous. Arbuthnot on Aliments.