Monday, 21 January 2013

Entry: carminative (adj.)

In context:  "'Trevor should have the cold, Axhandle, no?' Schacht says, tapping carminative capsules onto his palm from his own amber bottle."

Definition: Of medicines, etc.: Having the quality of expelling flatulence.

Other: Ha-ha.  This is pretty interesting: ‘A medical term from the old theory of humours. The object of carminatives is to expel wind, but the theory was that they dilute and relax the gross humours from whence the wind arises, combing them out like the knots in wool.’ Wedgwood.

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Page: 630

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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