abortifacient

[ uh-bawr-tuh-fey-shuh nt ]
/ əˌbɔr təˈfeɪ ʃənt /
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adjective

causing abortion.

noun

a drug or device used to cause abortion: a biochemical abortifacient in pill form.

Origin of abortifacient

First recorded in 1870–75; abort + -i- + -facient
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British Dictionary definitions for abortifacient

abortifacient

/ (əˌbɔːtɪˈfeɪʃənt) /

adjective

causing abortion

noun

a drug or agent that causes abortion
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Word Origin and History for abortifacient

abortifacient


n.

1875, noun and adjective, from Latin abortus (see abortive) + facientem "making," related to facere "do" (see factitious). An earlier word for this in the noun sense was abortive (1640s).

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Medicine definitions for abortifacient

abortifacient

[ ə-bôr′tə-fāshənt ]

adj.

Causing or inducing abortion.
Related formsa•bor′ti•facient n.
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