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somnifacient

[som-nuh-fey-shuh nt]
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adjective
  1. causing or inducing sleep.
noun
  1. a drug or other agent that induces or tends to induce sleep.

Origin of somnifacient

1885–90; < Latin somn(us) sleep + -i- -i- + -facient
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Examples from the Web for somnifacient

Historical Examples

  • The consciousness of having relieved the necessities of others is probably the best appetizer and somnifacient that we have.

    Religion And Health

    James J. Walsh


somnifacient in Medicine

somnifacient

([object Object])
adj.
  1. Tending to produce sleep; soporific.
Related formssom′ni•facient n.
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