soporific


1sop·o·rif·ic

adjective \ˌsä-pə-ˈri-fik\

: causing a person to become tired and ready to fall asleep

Full Definition of SOPORIFIC

1
a :  causing or tending to cause sleep <soporific drugs>
b :  tending to dull awareness or alertness
2
:  of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy

Examples of SOPORIFIC

  1. the soporific heat of summer
  2. <this medication is soporific, so do not drive after taking it>

Origin of SOPORIFIC

probably from French soporifique, from Latin sopor deep sleep; akin to Latin somnus sleep — more at somnolent
First Known Use: 1665

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, spectrum

2soporific

noun

Definition of SOPORIFIC

:  a soporific agent; specifically :  hypnotic 1

First Known Use of SOPORIFIC

circa 1727

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

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