Etymology
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apertive (n.)

"medicine capable of opening or dilating" (pores, bowels, etc.), "a laxative," early 15c. (Chauliac), apertif, also as an adjective, from Latin aperitivus, from aperire "to open, uncover," from PIE compound *ap-wer-yo- from *ap- "off, away" (see apo-) + root *wer- (4) "to cover." Also aperient (1620s).

updated on September 23, 2022

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