One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or causing sweating.
- ‘Perfused skin was observed to sweat in response to administration of sudorific drugs, and some features of the patterns of sweating were similar to those which could be induced by heating or by drugs in conscious animals.’
- ‘In Peruvian herbal medicine the plant is believed to be sudorific, cicatrizant, astringent, stomachic, stimulant, febrifuge, antidiarrhetic, and anti-tumorous.’
- ‘So, to restore the patient's physiological balance, doctors needed to bleed their patients or to prescribe laxative, emetic or sudorific medication.’
- ‘Sarsaparilla has a reputation as a ‘depurative’, a diuretic and sudorific drug.’
A drug that induces sweating.
- ‘Physicians helped the patient either by raising the body temperature with drugs to help ‘cook the ill humor’ or by assisting to expel it through bloodletting, purges or laxatives, emetics or pukes, and sudorifics or perspirants.’
- ‘Diaphoretics differ from sudorifics; the former only increase the insensible perspiration, the latter excite the sensible discharge called sweat.’
- ‘He prescribed the use of diuretics, sudorifics, purgatives, the absorption of pure wine and hot baths.’
- ‘Furthermore, in ancient days people believed that many poisons can get excreted through the sweat, so to treat any poisoning, doctors recommended sudorifics.’
- ‘The most common mineral springs were salt, white, black, red, and salt sulphurs, chalybeate, vitriol, alum, copperas, iodide, and Epsom, which were used as diuretics, cathartics, and sudorifics.’
Early 17th century: from modern Latin sudorificus, from Latin sudor ‘sweat’.
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