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abortifacient (drug)

Definition:

a drug (or other chemical agent) that causes abortion

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

abortifacients

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Noun and adjective, from Latin abortus + facientem "making", related to facere...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of abortifacient...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Abortifacient

a substance that induces abortion. Abortifacients for animals that have mated undesirably are known as mismating shots. Common abortifacients used in performing medical abortions include mifepristone, which is typically used in conjunction with ... (33 of 1652 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Abortifacient

Collins Dictionary:

abortifacient

causing abortion | a drug or agent that causes abortion (9 of 283 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/abortifacient

Wiktionary:

abortifacient | abortifacients [plural]

Producing miscarriage. | [pharmacology] A drug or an agent that induces an abortion.[First attested in the mid 19 century.] (18 of 32 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/abortifacient

Oxford Dictionary:

abortifacient

[medicine] : [drug] causing abortion. | an abortifacient drug. (8 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/abortifacient

Random House Dictionary:

abortifacient

causing abortion. | a drug or device used to cause abortion. (10 of 22 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/abortifacient

Merriam-Webster:

abortifacient

an agent (as a drug) that induces abortion (8 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/abortifacient

New World Dictionary:

abortifacient

causing abortion | a drug or agent that causes abortion (9 of 17 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/abortifacient

American Heritage Dictionary:

abortifacient

Causing abortion. | A substance or device used to induce abortion. (10 of 14 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/abortifacient

Britannica Encyclopedia:

drug [chemical agent]

any chemical substance that affects the functioning of living things and the organisms that infect them. Pharmacology, the science of drugs, deals ... (22 of 1390 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/171942​/drug

Macmillan British Dictionary:

drug [countable] | drugs [plural]

an illegal substance that affects someone physically or mentally when they ... | a substance that you take to treat a disease or medical problem (24 of 132 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/drug

drug [transitive, verb] | drugged [past tense] | drugging [present participle] | drugs [3rd-person singular present]

to give a drug to someone so that they will go to sleep or will become unconscious | to put a drug in food or drink so that someone will swallow it ... (31 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/drug 14

Cambridge Dictionary:

drug [entry 1]

any natural or artificially made chemical which is used as a medicine (12 of 30 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/drug 1

drug [entry 2]

any natural or artificially made chemical which is taken for pleasure, to ... | any activity that you cannot stop doing (20 of 86 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/drug 2

drug [entry 3] | -gg- [past tense]

to give someone or something a chemical which causes a loss of feeling or unconsciousness (15 of 70 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/drug 3

Encarta Dictionary:

abortifacient

describes a drug or device that causes abortion (8 of 21 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583044​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

abortifacient

First use: 1875

Origin: Noun and adjective, from Latin abortus + facientem "making", related to facere "do". An earlier word for this in the noun sense was abortive (1640s).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=abortifacient

Wiktionary:

abortifacient | abortifacients [plural]

Origin: First attested in 1875. abortion + -facient ("causing an"), from Latin facere ("to make").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/abortifacient

New World Dictionary:

abortifacient

Origin: abortion + "-facient"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/abortifacient

-facient

Origin: Latin faciens (generally facientis), present participle of facere, to make, "do"

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

abortifacient

Audio: British English pronunciation of "abortifacient"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/abortifacient

the Free Dictionary:

abortifacient

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "abortifacient"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "abortifacient"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "abortifacient" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/abortifacient

Google Dictionary:

abortifacient | abortifacients [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "abortifacient"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

abortifacient

Audio: North American pronunciation of "abortifacient"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=aborti​01 word=abortifacient

YourDictionary Audio:

abortifacient

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "abortifacient" by speech synthesizer

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