One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(chiefly of a drug) inducing perspiration.
- ‘It is diaphoretic, febrifuge (gets rid of fevers), emetic (in large doses), and laxative.’
- ‘Yin medicines have a superficial action on the body or cause some type of elimination through their laxative, diaphoretic or diuretic properties.’
- ‘It is well understood that in general a warm or hot infusion of herbs with volatile oils will have a diaphoretic effect and a cool infusion will exert a diuretic effect.’
- ‘Herbs with a floating energy have diaphoretic properties and are used for the initial stages of colds, flus, fevers and eruptive skin diseases.’
- ‘The action is diuretic, refrigerant and diaphoretic, and the juice extracted from the fresh plant is of use in urinary and kidney diseases.’
- 1.1 (of a person) sweating heavily.
- ‘Suddenly he worsens, becoming pale, diaphoretic, extremely short of breath and his level of consciousness decreases.’
- ‘Initial examination showed labile hypertension and epigastric tenderness, but the patient soon became pale, diaphoretic, and dyspneic.’
- ‘Patients with systemic infection may be diaphoretic, febrile, and tachycardic, and they may manifest toxic delirium.’
- ‘The driver, taken by ambulance, arrived in the emergency room obtunded, diaphoretic, with his mouth clenched, and with a positive cough reflex.’
- ‘A weaning trial with a PEEP of zero lasted about 5 minutes before she became diaphoretic, tachypneic and tachycardic.’
Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek diaphorētikos, from diaphorein ‘sweat out’.
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