somnifacient

[ som-nuh-fey-shuh nt ]
/ ˌsɒm nəˈfeɪ ʃənt /

adjective

causing or inducing sleep.

noun

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

Medicine definitions for somnifacient

somnifacient

[ sŏm′nə-fāshənt ]

adj.

Tending to produce sleep; soporific.

Related forms

som′ni•facient n.
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