1. Relating to, or causing, perspiration. 2. An agent that increases perspiration.

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di·a·pho·ret·ic -'ret-ik adj
1) having the power to increase sweating
2) perspiring profusely: covered with sweat: SWEATY
diaphoretic n an agent capable of inducing sweating

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a drug that causes an increase in sweating, such as pilocarpine, which stimulates the sweat glands directly. antipyretic drugs also have diaphoretic activity, which helps reduce the body temperature in fevers.

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di·a·pho·ret·ic (di″ə-fo-retґik) [Gr. diaphorētikos] 1. pertaining to, characterized by, or promoting sweating. 2. an agent that promotes sweating. Called also sudorific.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • diaphoretic — [dī΄ə fəret′ik] adj. [ME diaforetic < LL diaphoreticus: see DIAPHORESIS] producing or increasing perspiration n. a diaphoretic medicine, treatment, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Diaphoretic — Di a*pho*ret ic, Diaphoretical Di a*pho*ret ic*al, a. [L. diaphoreticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. diaphor[ e]tique. See {Diaphoresis}.] Having the power to increase perspiration. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diaphoretic — Di a*pho*ret ic, n. (Med.) A medicine or agent which promotes perspiration. [1913 Webster] Note: Diaphoretics differ from sudorifics; the former only increase the insensible perspiration, the latter excite the sensible discharge called sweat.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diaphoretic — adjective Date: 15th century 1. having the power to increase perspiration 2. perspiring profusely • diaphoretic noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • diaphoretic — /duy euh feuh ret ik/, Med. adj. 1. producing perspiration. n. 2. a diaphoretic medicine. [1555 65; < LL diaphoreticus < Gk diaphoretikós promoting perspiration, equiv. to diaphore (see DIAPHORESIS) + tikos TIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • diaphoretic — sudorific; n. a drug that causes an increase in sweating. Antipyretic drugs have diaphoretic activity, which helps reduce the body temperature in fevers …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • diaphoretic — /daɪəfəˈrɛtɪk/ (say duyuhfuh retik) adjective 1. producing perspiration. –noun 2. a diaphoretic medicine …   Australian-English dictionary

  • diaphoretic — 1. adjective /daɪəfəˈɹɛtɪk/ Generating sweat or perspiration. 2. noun /daɪəfəˈɹɛtɪk/ A product or agent which induces or promotes perspiration. See Also: diaphoresis …   Wiktionary

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  • diaphoretic — di·a·pho·ret·ic || ‚daɪəfÉ™ retɪk n. substance which increases perspiration adj. increasing perspiration …   English contemporary dictionary

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