[kal-uh-fey-shuh nt]
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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


  1. causing warmth
  1. 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


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