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Glossary: Meaning of medical terms

Alterative

Gradually restores healthy bodily functions

Anodyne

Capable of relieving pain

Antiperiodic

Preventing regular recurrence of a disease or a symptom

Antispasmodic

Relieves cramping pain in the abdomen

Aperient

Mild purgative

Aromatic

Gives soothing aroma (fragrance) and stimulates appetite

Carminative

Relieves flatulence

Cholagogue

Stimulates gall bladder contraction and promotes the flow of bile into the intestine

Colic

Spasmodic (cramping) pain in the Abdomen

Demulcent

Soothing

Digestive

Helps in digestion of food

Dyspepsia

Indigestion

Emmenagogue

Promotes menstrual flow

Expectorant

Increases bronchial secretion and facilities its expulsion

Fatigue

A state of diminished capacity to respond effectively to stimulus reducing the efficiency of accomplishment

Flatulence

Excessive formation of gases in stomach and intestine

Galactogogue

An agent that promotes secretion of milk

Laxative

Helps in smooth passage of stools

Nervine tonic

Helps in toning up of brain and nerves

Refrigerant

Cooling effect

Restorative

An agent that promotes a renewal of health or strength

Sialogogue

Producing Saliva

Stomachic

A Gastric stimulant and Appetizer