- causing or inducing sleep.
- a drug or other agent that induces or tends to induce sleep.
Origin of somnifacient
1885–90; < Latin somn(us) sleep + -i- -i- + -facient
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Examples from the Web for somnifacient
The consciousness of having relieved the necessities of others is probably the best appetizer and somnifacient that we have.Religion And Health
James J. Walsh
- Tending to produce sleep; soporific.
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