• WordNet 3.6
    • n rubefacient a medicine for external application that produces redness of the skin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Rubefacient Making red.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rubefacient Making red; producing redness, as a medicinal application on the skin.
    • n rubefacient An application which causes redness or hyperemia of the skin where it is applied, as a mustard plaster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rubefacient rōōb-e-fā′shent making ruby or red
    • n Rubefacient (med.) an external application which stimulates and consequently reddens the skin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rubefaciens, p. pr. of rubefacere, to make red; rubere, to be red + facere, to make


In literature:

It is an emetic, diuretic, stimulant, and rubefacient.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Associated Words: rubefacient, rubefaction.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Rubefacients are remedies which excite the vessels of the skin and increase its heat and redness.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
But, on the whole, heat is preferable to rubefacients, and moist to dry heat.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various