Definition of sudorific in US English:



  • Relating to or causing sweating.

    • ‘So, to restore the patient's physiological balance, doctors needed to bleed their patients or to prescribe laxative, emetic or sudorific medication.’
    • ‘In Peruvian herbal medicine the plant is believed to be sudorific, cicatrizant, astringent, stomachic, stimulant, febrifuge, antidiarrhetic, and anti-tumorous.’
    • ‘Sarsaparilla has a reputation as a ‘depurative’, a diuretic and sudorific drug.’
    • ‘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.’


  • A drug that induces sweating.

    • ‘Diaphoretics differ from sudorifics; the former only increase the insensible perspiration, the latter excite the sensible discharge called sweat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He prescribed the use of diuretics, sudorifics, purgatives, the absorption of pure wine and hot baths.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 17th century: from modern Latin sudorificus, from Latin sudor ‘sweat’.