rubefacient

[ roo-buh-fey-shuhnt ]
/ ˌru bəˈfeɪ ʃənt /

adjective

causing redness of the skin, as a medicinal application.

noun

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

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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

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Medical definitions for rubefacient

rubefacient
[ rōō′bə-fāshənt ]

adj.

Producing redness, as of the skin.

n.

A substance that irritates the skin, causing redness.

Other words from rubefacient

ru′be•faction (-făkshən) n.
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