rubefacient
1. Causing a reddening of the skin. 2. A counterirritant that produces erythema when applied to the skin surface. [L. rubi-facio, fr. ruber, red, + facio, to make]

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ru·be·fa·cient .rü-bə-'fā-shənt adj causing redness of the skin <a \rubefacient cream>
rubefacient n a substance (as capsaicin) for external application that produces redness of the skin

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n.
an agent that causes reddening and warming of the skin. Rubefacients are often used as counterirritant for the relief of muscular pain.

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ru·be·fa·cient (roo″bə-faґshənt) [ruber + -facient] 1. causing reddening of the skin. 2. an agent that reddens the skin by producing active or passive hyperemia.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Rubefacient — Ru be*fa cient, a. [L. rubefaciens, p. pr. of rubefacere to make red; rubere to be red + facere to make.] Making red. n. (Med.) An external application which produces redness of the skin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rubefacient — [ro͞o΄bə fā′shənt] adj. [L rubefaciens, prp. of rubefacere, to redden < rubeus, red (see RUBY) + facere, to make, DO1] causing redness, as of the skin n. Med. any external application, as a salve or plaster, causing redness of the skin …   English World dictionary

  • rubefacient — /rooh beuh fay sheuhnt/, adj. 1. causing redness of the skin, as a medicinal application. n. 2. Med. a rubefacient application, as a mustard plaster. [1795 1805; < L rubefacient (s. of rubefaciens, prp. of rubefacere to redden), equiv. to rube ,… …   Universalium

  • rubefacient — ru•be•fa•cient [[t]ˌru bəˈfeɪ ʃənt[/t]] adj. 1) causing redness of the skin 2) med a rubefacient application, as a mustard plaster • Etymology: 1795–1805; < L rubefacient , s. of rubefaciēns, prp. of rubefacere to redden =rube , var. s. of… …   From formal English to slang

  • rubefacient — I. adjective Etymology: Latin rubefacient , rubefaciens, present participle of rubefacere to make red, from rubeus reddish + facere to make more at ruby, do Date: 1804 causing redness (as of the skin) II. noun Date: 1805 a substance for external… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Rubefacient — A rubefacient is a substance for external application that produces redness of the skin e.g. by causing dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation.They are believed to relieve pain by a counterirritant effect, and many act… …   Wikipedia

  • rubefacient — /rubəˈfeɪʃənt/ (say roohbuh fayshuhnt) adjective 1. producing redness of the skin, as a medicinal application. –noun 2. Medicine a rubefacient application, as a mustard plaster. {Latin rubefaciens, present participle, making red} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Rubefacient — A substance producing redness of the skin. Abrus, Allium, Anacardium, Caesalpinia, Capsicum, Cardiospermum, Clematis, Cocos, Colocasia, Cymbopogon, Drymaria, Echinodorus, Jatropha, Lepidium, Moringa, Plumbago, Ploygonum …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • rubefacient — ru·be·fa·cient || ‚ruːbɪ feɪʃənt n. topical medication causing redness of the skin (Medicine) adj. causing redness of the skin …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rubefacient — ru·be·fa·cient …   English syllables

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