Carminative Car*min"ative, a. [NL. carminativus (1622), fr. carminare to card, hence to cleanse, fr. carmen a card for freeing wool or flax from the coarser parts, and from extraneous matter: cf. F. carminatif.] Expelling wind from the body; warming; antispasmodic. ``Carminative hot seeds.'' --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

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  • carminative — [kär min′ə tiv, kär′mə nāt΄iv] adj. [ModL carminativus < L carminatus, pp. of carminare, cleanse < carrere, CARD2] causing gas to be expelled from the stomach and intestines n. a carminative medicine …   English World dictionary

  • Carminative — Car*min a*tive, n. A substance, esp. an aromatic, which tends to expel wind from the alimentary canal, or to relieve colic, griping, or flatulence. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carminative — 1660s, from L. carminat (pp. stem of carminare to card, from carmen, gen. carminis, a card for wool or flax ) + IVE (Cf. ive). A medical term from the old theory of humours. The object of carminatives is to expel wind, but the theory was that… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Carminative — A carminative, also known as carminativum (plural carminativa), is a medicinal drug with antispasmodic activity that is used against cramps of the digestive tract in combination with flatulence. They are often mixtures of essential oils and… …   Wikipedia

  • carminative — 1. Preventing the formation or causing the expulsion of flatus. 2. An agent that relieves flatulence. [L. carmino, pp. atus, to card wool; special Mod. L. usage, to expel wind] * * * car·mi·na·tive kär min ət iv, kär mə .nāt adj expelling gas… …   Medical dictionary

  • carminative — adjective Etymology: 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 Date: 15th century expelling gas from the stomach or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • carminative — 1. adjective Relieving discomfort of gas in the digestive tract. 2. noun A drug or substance that induces the removal of gas from the digestive tract. But Master Nathaniel was indifferent to these manifestations of unpopularity. Let mental… …   Wiktionary

  • carminative — ● carminatif, carminative adjectif (latin médiéval carminativus, de carminare, purifier en éliminant) Vieux. Se dit de substances qui stimulent les sécrétions salivaires et gastriques et la motilité de l intestin …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • carminative — car•min•a•tive [[t]kɑrˈmɪn ə tɪv, ˈkɑr məˌneɪ tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) med expelling gas from the stomach and bowel 2) med a carminative medicine • Etymology: 1645–55; < LL carmināt(us), ptp. of carmināre to purify (L: to card (wool) …   From formal English to slang

  • carminative — adj. & n. adj. relieving flatulence. n. a carminative drug. Etymology: F carminatif ive or med.L carminare heal (by incantation): see CHARM …   Useful english dictionary

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