calefacient

[kal-uh-fey-shuh nt]
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noun

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

adjective

heating; warming.

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
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Historical Examples of calefacient

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

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane


British Dictionary definitions for calefacient

calefacient

adjective

causing warmth

noun

med obsolete an agent that warms, such as a mustard plaster
Derived Formscalefaction (ˌkælɪˈfækʃən), noun

Word Origin for calefacient

C17: from Latin calefaciēns, from calefacere to heat
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calefacient in Medicine

calefacient

[kăl′ə-fāshənt]

adj.

Causing a sense of warmth.

n.

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