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abortifacient

[uh-bawr-tuh-fey-shuh nt] /əˌbɔr təˈfeɪ ʃənt/
adjective
1.
causing abortion.
noun
2.
a drug or device used to cause abortion:
a biochemical abortifacient in pill form.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; abort + -i- + -facient
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British Dictionary definitions for abortifacient

abortifacient

/əˌbɔːtɪˈfeɪʃənt/
adjective
1.
causing abortion
noun
2.
a drug or agent that causes abortion
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Word Origin and History for abortifacient
n.

1875, noun and adjective, from Latin 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 in Medicine

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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