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emetine

[em-i-teen, -tin] /ˈɛm ɪˌtin, -tɪn/
noun, Pharmacology.
1.
a crystalline or white powdery substance, C 29 H 40 N 2 O 4 , the active principle of ipecac: used chiefly in the treatment of amebic dysentery and as an emetic and expectorant.
Origin of emetine
1810-1820
1810-20; < Greek émet(os) vomiting + -ine2; compare French émétine
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emetine

/ˈɛməˌtiːn; -tɪn/
noun
1.
a white bitter poisonous alkaloid obtained from ipecacuanha: the hydrochloride is used to treat amoebic infections. Formula: C29H40O4N2
Word Origin
C19: from French émétine; see emetic, -ine²
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