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causing .
a drug or device used to cause :
a biochemical abortifacient in pill form.
Contemporary Examples

But medical science is clear: emergency contraception is not an abortifacient.
Is Forced Religious Belief Coming to an Employer Near You? Jamelle Bouie November 26, 2013

Historical Examples

It is sometimes taken as an abortifacient or given as an aphrodisiac, but whether it has any such action is open to question.
Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson

Amongst them must theoretically be included all abortifacient drugs.
Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby

The oil of savin is now occasionally used criminally as an abortifacient.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 5 Various

Diachylon, or lead-plaster, is largely used as an abortifacient.
Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson

It is also used as an abortifacient, but is too mild a uterine stimulant to be reliable for that purpose.
The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines T. H. Pardo de Tavera

Unfavorable publicity, the abortifacient of new enterprises, would mean you could hardly give the stuff away.
Greener Than You Think Ward Moore

causing abortion
a drug or agent that causes abortion

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).

abortifacient a·bor·ti·fa·cient (ə-bôr’tə-fā’shənt)
Causing or inducing abortion.
a·bor’ti·fa’cient n.


Read Also:

  • Abortigenic

    abortigenic abortigenic a·bor·ti·gen·ic (ə-bôr’tə-jěn’ĭk) adj. Abortifacient.

  • Abortion

    Also called voluntary abortion. the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy. any of various surgical methods for terminating a pregnancy, especially during the first six months. Also called spontaneous abortion. (def 1). an immature and nonviable fetus. (def 2). any malformed or monstrous person, thing, etc. […]

  • Abortion-on-demand

    the right of a woman to have an abortion during the first six months of a pregnancy. an abortion performed on a woman solely at her own request.

  • Abortion pill

    . noun a drug, such as mifepristone, used to terminate a pregnancy in its earliest stage

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