[pahr-too r-uh-fey-shuh nt, -tyoo r-]Medicine/Medical
- inducing or accelerating labor, or childbirth; oxytocic.
- a parturifacient agent.
Origin of parturifacient
1850–55; < Latin parturi- (stem of parturīre to be in labor; see parturient) + -facient
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Examples from the Web for parturifacient
One third at intervals of half an hour, until the whole is taken; as a parturifacient.
- a medical word for oxytocic
C19: from Latin parturīre to be in travail + facere to make
- Inducing or accelerating childbirth; oxytocic.
- A drug facilitating childbirth.
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