causing redness of the skin, as a medicinal application.
Medicine/Medical. a rubefacient application, as a mustard plaster.

1795–1805; < Latin rubefacient- (stem of rubefaciēns, present participle of rubefacere to redden), equivalent to rube-, variant stem of rubēre to redden, be red + -facient- -facient Unabridged
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rubefy (ˈruːbɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
(tr) to make red, esp (of a counterirritant) to make the skin go red
[C19: from Latin rubefacere, from rubeus red + facere to make]
adj, —n

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rubefacient ru·be·fa·cient (rōō'bə-fā'shənt)
Producing redness, as of the skin. n.
A substance that irritates the skin, causing redness.

ru'be·fac'tion (-fāk'shən) n.
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Example sentences
The turpentine obtained from the resin of all pine trees is antiseptic, diuretic, rubefacient and vermifuge.
The leaves and rhizomes are considered refrigerant and rubefacient, and are recommended for epilepsy.
Taro was used in earache and as an external stimulant and rubefacient.
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