abortifacients

abortifacient

[uh-bawr-tuh-fey-shuhnt]
adjective
1.
causing abortion.
noun
2.
a drug or device used to cause abortion: a biochemical abortifacient in pill form.

Origin:
1870–75; abort + -i- + -facient

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abortifacient (əˌbɔːtɪˈfeɪʃənt)
 
adj
1.  causing abortion
 
n
2.  a drug or agent that causes abortion

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abortifacient
1875, n. and adj., from L. abortus (see abortive) + facientem "making," related to facere "do" (see factitious). An earlier word for this in the noun sense was abortive (1640s).
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abortifacient a·bor·ti·fa·cient (ə-bôr'tə-fā'shənt)
adj.
Causing or inducing abortion.


a·bor'ti·fa'cient n.
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