somnifacient
adjective Etymology: Latin somnus sleep + English -facient Date: circa 1890 hypnotic 1 • somnifacient noun

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  • somnifacient — index narcotic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • somnifacient — SYN: soporific (1). [L. somnus, sleep, + facio, to make] * * * som·ni·fa·cient .säm nə fā shənt adj inducing sleep: HYPNOTIC (1) <a somnifacient drug> somnifacient n a somnifacient agent (as a drug): HYPNOTIC (1) * * * som·ni·fa·cient… …   Medical dictionary

  • somnifacient — I. |sämnə|fāshənt adjective Etymology: somni + facient : hypnotic 1 II. noun : hypnotic 1 * * * /som neuh fay sheuhnt/, adj. 1. causing or inducing sleep. n …   Useful english dictionary

  • somnifacient — /som neuh fay sheuhnt/, adj. 1. causing or inducing sleep. n. 2. a drug or other agent that induces or tends to induce sleep. [1885 90; < L somn(us) sleep + i I + FACIENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • somnifacient — 1. adjective /ˌsɑm.nə.ˈfeɪ.ʃənt/ inducing or causing sleep 2. noun /ˌsɑm.nə.ˈfeɪ.ʃənt/ any pharmaceutical product that causes sleep …   Wiktionary

  • somnifacient — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I adjective Inducing sleep or sedation: hypnotic, narcotic, opiate, sedative, sleepy, slumberous, somniferous, somnific, somnolent, soporific. See AWARENESS. II noun Something that induces sleep or sedation: hypnotic,… …   English dictionary for students

  • somnifacient — adj. tending to induce sleep, causing sleep n. drug or other substance that induces sleep …   English contemporary dictionary

  • somnifacient — som·ni·fa·cient …   English syllables

  • somnifacient — som•ni•fa•cient [[t]ˌsɒm nəˈfeɪ ʃənt[/t]] adj. 1) causing or inducing sleep 2) pha a drug or other agent that induces or tends to induce sleep • Etymology: 1885–90; < L somn(us) sleep + i i + facient …   From formal English to slang

  • somnifacient —   a.,n. soporific.    ♦ somniferous, a. inducing sleep.    ♦ somniloquence,    ♦ somniloquy, n. talking in one s sleep.    ♦ somnipathy, n. hypnotic sleep …   Dictionary of difficult words

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