Meaning of morbific in English:


Pronunciation /mɔːˈbɪfɪk/


  • Causing disease.

    ‘in cholera the morbific matter is taken into the alimentary canal’
    • ‘In this way morbific agents can be transferred through the feed from animals of one cage to animals in other cages.’
    • ‘They were victims of morbific agents encountered at work.’
    • ‘Heart disease is an affection of the heart brought on by morbific agents turned loose in the blood from imperfect digestion.’


Mid 17th century from French morbifique or modern Latin morbificus, from Latin morbus ‘disease’.