abortifacient


abortifacient

adjective

  1. causing abortion.

noun

  1. a drug or device used to cause abortion: a biochemical abortifacient in pill form.

adjective

  1. causing abortion

noun

  1. a drug or agent that causes abortion
n.

1875, noun and adjective, from Latin abortus (see abortive) + facientem “making,” related to facere “do” (see factitious). An earlier word for this in the noun sense was abortive (1640s).

adj.

  1. Causing or inducing abortion.

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