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a combining form meaning “causing” or “inducing” that specified by the initial element:
parturifacient; somnifacient.
Origin of -facient
< Latin, stem of faciēns, present participle of facere to make, do Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -facient


suffix, suffix
indicating a state or quality: absorbefacient, rubefacient
Word Origin
from Latin facient-, faciēns, present participle of facere to do
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-facient in Medicine

-facient suff.

  1. Causing; bringing about: somnifacient.

  2. Something that causes or brings about: abortifacient.

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