from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That attracts; drawing, attracting.
  • n. An attrahent agent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attracting; drawing; attractive.
  • n. That which attracts, as a magnet.
  • n. A substance which, by irritating the surface, excites action in the part to which it is applied, as a blister, an epispastic, a sinapism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drawing to; attracting.
  • In anatomy, same as attrahens.
  • n. That which draws to or attracts, as a magnet. Glanville.
  • n. In medicine, an application that attracts fluids to the part where it is applied, as a blister or a rubefacient; an epispastic.


From attrahent-, the stem of the Latin attrahēns ("drawing, pulling, or dragging to or toward with force”; “drawing”, “alluring”, “leading”, “bringing”, “moving”, “attracting"), the present active participle of attrahō ("I draw, pull, or drag to or toward with force”; “I draw, allure, lead, bring, move, attract"), on whose perfect passive participial stem the English verb attract is modelled. (Wiktionary)


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