- the dried root of a shrubby South American plant, Cephaelis ipecacuanha, of the madder family.
- the plant itself.
- a drug consisting of the dried roots of this plant, used as an emetic, purgative, etc., and as the source of emetine.
Also ip·e·cac·u·an·ha [ip-i-kak-yoo-an-uh] /ˌɪp ɪˌkæk yuˈæn ə/.
Origin of ipecac
1780–90, Americanism; short for ipecacuanha < Portuguese < Tupi ipekaaguéne, equivalent to ipeh low + kaâ leaves + guéne vomit
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Examples from the Web for ipecac
Just as soon as the child is able to swallow, give a teaspoon of syrup of ipecac.
A teaspoon of syrup of ipecac, repeated in fifteen minutes if necessary.
It went from one to another as if it had been a dish of ipecac.Eben Holden
It seems to effect a cure in dysentery in the same manner as ipecac.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Acid with the Ipecac, giving them in rotation, a dose every hour.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art
B. L. Hill
Word Origin and History for ipecac
1710, borrowing via Portuguese of a shortened form of Tupi ipecacuana (a word attested in English from 1682), a medicinal plant of Brazil. The Indian word is said to mean "small plant causing vomit."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A preparation that is made from the dried roots and rhizomes of the shrub Cephaelis ipecacuanha that is used to induce vomiting.
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