- Medicine/Medical. a substance, as mustard, that produces a sensation of heat when applied to the body.
- 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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And it torments my woman-flesh with calefacient thrills fierce and goading and sweet.I, Mary MacLane
- causing warmth
- med obsolete an agent that warms, such as a mustard plaster
Word Origin for calefacient
C17: from Latin calefaciēns, from calefacere to heat
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- 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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