rubefacient

adjective
ru·​be·​fa·​cient | \ ˌrü-bə-ˈfā-shənt How to pronounce rubefacient (audio) \

Definition of rubefacient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: causing redness (as of the skin)

rubefacient

noun

Definition of rubefacient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance for external application that produces redness of the skin

First Known Use of rubefacient

Adjective

1659, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rubefacient

Adjective

Latin rubefacient-, rubefaciens, present participle of rubefacere to make red, from rubeus reddish + facere to make — more at ruby, do

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The first known use of rubefacient was in 1659

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“Rubefacient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubefacient. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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rubefacient

adjective
ru·​be·​fa·​cient | \ ˌrü-bə-ˈfā-shənt How to pronounce rubefacient (audio) \

Medical Definition of rubefacient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: causing redness of the skin a rubefacient cream

rubefacient

noun

Medical Definition of rubefacient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance (as capsaicin) for external application that produces redness of the skin

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