- causing redness of the skin, as a medicinal application.
- Medicine/Medical. a rubefacient application, as a mustard plaster.
Origin of rubefacient
1795–1805; < Latin rubefacient- (stem of rubefaciēns, present participle of rubefacere to redden), equivalent to rube-, variant stem of rubēre to redden, be red + -facient- -facient
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Examples from the Web for rubefacient
The onion is diuretic, expectorant, rubefacient, and stimulant.
Both of the above are stimulant, rubefacient, and counter-irritant.
Stimulant, rubefacient, and counter-irritant; in a variety of affections.
Rubefacient and counter-irritant; in rheumatism and various other diseases.
Pale yellow colour; fragrant; acrid, pungent, and rubefacient.
- Producing redness, as of the skin.
- A substance that irritates the skin, causing redness.
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