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Related to rubefacient: rubescent, vulnerary


Producing redness, as of the skin.
A substance that irritates the skin, causing redness.

[Latin rubefaciēns, rubefacient-, present participle of rubefacere, to make red : rubeus, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

ru′be·fac′tion (-făk′shən) n.


(ˌru bəˈfeɪ ʃənt)

1. causing redness of the skin.
2. a rubefacient application, as a mustard plaster.
[1795–1805; < Latin rubefacient-, s. of rubefaciēns, present participle of rubefacere to redden =rube-, variant s. of rubēre to redden, be red + facere to make, do1]
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Noun1.rubefacient - a medicine for external application that produces redness of the skin
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease


n. enrojecedor, agente que enrojece la piel.
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