Definition of rubefacient in English:

rubefacient

(also rubifacient)

adjective

Medicine
  • Producing redness of the skin (especially as a method of counterirritation); of or relating to this property.

noun

Medicine
  • A rubefacient medicinal preparation.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

rubefacient

/ˌruːbɪˈfeɪʃnt/