[roo-buh-fey-shuh nt]


causing redness of the skin, as a medicinal application.


Medicine/Medical. a rubefacient application, as a mustard plaster.

Nearby words

  1. rubdown,
  2. rube,
  3. rube goldberg,
  4. rubeba,
  5. rubedo,
  6. rubefaction,
  7. rubefy,
  8. rubella,
  9. rubella hi test,
  10. rubella virus

Origin of rubefacient

1795–1805; < Latin rubefacient- (stem of rubefaciēns, present participle of rubefacere to redden), equivalent to rube-, variant stem of rubēre to redden, be red + -facient- -facient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rubefacient

Medicine definitions for rubefacient




Producing redness, as of the skin.


A substance that irritates the skin, causing redness.
Related formsru′be•faction (-făkshən) n.

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