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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Horseradish is a stimulent, rubefacient, diuretic, antiseptic, antiscorbutic and a popular cure for intestinal worms.
Rubefacient herbs draw inflammation and congestion from deeper areas, increasing circulation and promoting warmth.
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The wood and leaves were antispasmodic, analgesic, rubefacient, odontalgic, stimulant.
The roots of the young tree and also root bark are rubefacient and vesicant.
The shoots and young leaves contain a rubefacient and vesicant principle (Chopra & Badhwar 1940, Behl et al.
Applied in layers as a rubefacient over the chest, especially of a child, in labored breathing, cough, pulmonary affections and bronchitis; over the liver when it is congested; over the abdomen in colic and flatulence; and over mammary glands to resolve glandular swellings and to suppress the secretion of milk in case of mammary abscesses; they are also locally used in orchitis and ovaritis; they are a useful dressing for blistered surfaces and ulcers; they are an excellent substitute for oiled skin and gutta-percha tissue; they are used as a pessary in constipation or tympanites of children.
Laurel leaves are externally rubefacient and allergenic because of die essential oil they contain.
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Allium sativum has been found to be a powerful rubefacient, antitusive, diaphoretic and vermifuge agent (9,10).
Horseradish is rubefacient, an agent that stimulates blood flow below and to the surface of the skin.
The plant has astringent, antiscorbutic, antitumor and rubefacient properties [8-9].