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-ˈrɛt ɪkdi·aphoret·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diaphoreticadjective

    used to produce perspiration

  2. diaphoretic, sudorificadjective

    inducing perspiration


  1. diaphoreticnoun

    A product or agent which induces or promotes perspiration.

  2. diaphoreticadjective

    Generating sweat or perspiration.

  3. Etymology: From Latin diaphoreticus, from.


  1. diaphoretic

    Perspiration, also known as sweating, is the production of fluids secreted by the sweat glands in the skin of mammals.Two types of sweat glands can be found in humans: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. The eccrine sweat glands are distributed over much of the body and are responsible for secreting the watery, brackish sweat most often triggered by excessive body temperature. The apocrine sweat glands are restricted to the armpits and a few other areas of the body and produce an odorless, oily, opaque secretion which then gains its characteristic odor from bacterial decomposition. In humans, sweating is primarily a means of thermoregulation, which is achieved by the water-rich secretion of the eccrine glands. Maximum sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2–4 liters per hour or 10–14 liters per day (10–15 g/min·m2), but is less in children prior to puberty. Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect due to evaporative cooling. Hence, in hot weather, or when the individual's muscles heat up due to exertion, more sweat is produced. Animals with few sweat glands, such as dogs, accomplish similar temperature regulation results by panting, which evaporates water from the moist lining of the oral cavity and pharynx. Although sweating is found in a wide variety of mammals, relatively few (exceptions include humans and horses) produce large amounts of sweat in order to cool down.


  1. diaphoretic

    Diaphoretic is a term used in medicine to refer to a substance or condition that causes or promotes perspiration or sweating. This term can also be used to describe a state of excessive sweating or perspiration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diaphoreticadjective

    alt. of Diaphoretical

  2. Diaphoreticnoun

    a medicine or agent which promotes perspiration

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diaphoretic

    dī-a-fo-ret′ik, adj. promoting perspiration.—n. a sudorific or medicine that increases perspiration.—n. Diaphorē′sis, perspiration artificially induced. [Gr.,—diaphorein, to carry off—dia, through, pherein, to bear.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diaphoretic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diaphoretic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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