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Producing redness of the skin (especially as a method of counterirritation); of or relating to this property.
A rubefacient medicinal preparation.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Lovell (?1630–1690), naturalist. From classical Latin rubefacient-, rubefaciēns, present participle of rubefacere; compare -facient. With the use as adjective compare earlier rubificative, rubifying. With the use as noun compare earlier rubificative, rubrificative.
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