Origin of abortifacientfrom aborti(on) + -facient
a drug or agent that causes abortion
A substance or device used to induce abortion.
(comparative more abortifacient, superlative most abortifacient)
- Producing miscarriage. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- (pharmacology) A drug or an agent that induces an abortion. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]