[som-nuh-fey-shuh nt] /ˌsɒm nəˈfeɪ ʃənt/
causing or inducing sleep.
a drug or other agent that induces or tends to induce sleep.

somnifacient som·ni·fa·cient (sŏm’nə-fā’shənt)
Tending to produce sleep; soporific.
som’ni·fa’cient n.


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