Ecphractic Ec*phrac"tic, a. [Gr. ?, from ? to open; 'ek out + ? to block up: cf. F. ecphractique.] (Med.) Serving to dissolve or attenuate viscid matter, and so to remove obstructions; deobstruent. -- n. An ecphractic medicine. --Harvey. [1913 Webster] ||

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  • ecphractic — /ek frakˈtik/ (obsolete medicine) adjective Serving to remove obstructions noun A drug with such properties ORIGIN: Gr ekphraktikos, from ek from, and phrassein to enclose …   Useful english dictionary

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