- causing abortion.
- a drug or device used to cause abortion: a biochemical abortifacient in pill form.
Origin of abortifacient
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Diachylon, or lead-plaster, is largely used as an abortifacient.
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- causing abortion
- a drug or agent that causes abortion
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Word Origin and History for abortifacient
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- Causing or inducing abortion.
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