[ kal-uh-fey-shuh nt ]
/ ˌkæl əˈfeɪ ʃənt /


Medicine/Medical. a substance, as mustard, that produces a sensation of heat when applied to the body.


heating; warming.


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Origin of calefacient

1655–65; < Latin calefacient- (stem of calefaciēns, present participle of calefacere to make warm), equivalent tocale- warm (stem of calēre to be warm) + -facient- -facient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for calefacient

  • And it torments my woman-flesh with calefacient thrills fierce and goading and sweet.

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British Dictionary definitions for calefacient

/ (ˌkælɪˈfeɪʃənt) /


causing warmth


med obsolete an agent that warms, such as a mustard plaster

Derived forms of calefacient

calefaction (ˌkælɪˈfækʃən), noun

Word Origin for calefacient

C17: from Latin calefaciēns, from calefacere to heat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for calefacient

[ kăl′ə-fāshənt ]


Causing a sense of warmth.


An agent that produces a sense of warmth in the part to which it is applied.
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