Abortifacient A*bor`ti*fa"cient ([.a]*b[^o]r`t[i^]*f[=a]"shent), a. [L. abortus (see {Abort}, v.) + faciens, p. pr. of facere to make.] Producing miscarriage. -- n. A drug or an agent that causes premature delivery. [1913 Webster]

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  • abortifacient — (n.) 1875, noun and adjective, from L. abortus (see ABORTIVE (Cf. abortive)) + facientem making, related to facere do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). An earlier word for this in the noun sense was abortive (1640s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • abortifacient — [ə bôrt΄ə fā′shənt] adj. [< ABORTI(ON) + FACIENT] causing abortion n. a drug or agent that causes abortion …   English World dictionary

  • Abortifacient — In this medieval image, a midwife prepares a pennyroyal mixture for a pregnant woman. An abortifacient is a substance that induces abortion. Abortifacients for animals that have mated undesirably are known as mismating shots. Common… …   Wikipedia

  • abortifacient — Abortive A*bor tive, n. 1. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A fruitless effort or issue. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion; also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abortifacient — noun Date: 1873 an agent (as a drug) that induces abortion • abortifacient adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abortifacient — /euh bawr teuh fay sheuhnt/, adj. 1. causing abortion. n. 2. a drug or device used to cause abortion: a biochemical abortifacient in pill form. [1870 75; ABORT + I + FACIENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • abortifacient — 1. Producing abortion. SYN: aborticide, abortient, abortigenic, abortive (3). 2. An agent that produces abortion. [L. abortus, abortion, + facio, to make] * * * abor·ti·fa·cient ə .bȯrt ə fā shənt adj inducing abortion abortifacien …   Medical dictionary

  • abortifacient — 1. adjective Producing miscarriage 2. noun A drug or an agent that causes premature delivery …   Wiktionary

  • abortifacient — tɪ feɪʃənt n. drug which causes abortion, agent which causes the premature termination of a pregnancy adj. causing the premature termination of a pregnancy, inducing abortion (of a drug) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • abortifacient — abor·ti·fa·cient …   English syllables

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