emetic

[ uh-met-ik ]
/ əˈmɛt ɪk /

adjective

causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance.

noun

an emetic medicine or agent.

Origin of emetic

1650–60; < Latin emeticus < Greek emetikós, equivalent to émet(os) vomiting + -ikos -ic

Related forms

e·met·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·e·met·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for emetic

emetic

/ (ɪˈmɛtɪk) /

adjective

causing vomiting

noun

an emetic agent or drug

Derived Forms

emetically, adverb

Word Origin for emetic

C17: from Late Latin ēmeticus, from Greek emetikos, from emein to vomit
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Medicine definitions for emetic

emetic

[ ĭ-mĕtĭk ]

n.

An agent that causes vomiting.

adj.

Causing vomiting.
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