- comb. form forming adjectives and nouns indicating an action or state produced (abortifacient).
Etymology: from or after L - faciens -entis part. of facere make
* * *\\|fāshənt\ adjective combining formEtymology: Latin facient-, faciens, present participle of facere to do, make (as in calefacere to warm) — more at do, chafe
* * *-facient /-fā-shənt/combining form1. Denoting: producing2. Causing3. MakingORIGIN: L faciens, -entis, prp of facere to make
* * *comb. form producing a specified action or state
abortifacientOrigin:from Latin facient- ‘doing, making’
* * *-facientformative element repr. L. -facient-em ‘making’, pr. pple. of facĕre to make, occurring in compounds as calefacĕre, liquefacĕre, rubefacĕre, tepefacĕre, etc., from pr. pple. of which are adapted the Eng. calefacient, rubefacient, etc.; on the strict analogy of these are absorbefacient, and similar words not formed in L.; and in loose imitation abortifacient, calorifacient, etc., for which L. vbs. would have been in -ficāre, and adjs. in -ficus, calorific-us. Some pronounce (ˈfeɪʃənt), but (ˈfeɪʃɪənt) or (ˈfeɪʃjənt) is more usual.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.