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  1. causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance.
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  1. an emetic medicine or agent.
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Origin of emetic

1650–60; < Latin emeticus < Greek emetikós, equivalent to émet(os) vomiting + -ikos -ic
Related formse·met·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·e·met·ic, adjective
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Related Words for emetic

purging, purge, laxative, physic, aperient, emetic, expiatory, purgatorial, aperitive, lustral

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Historical Examples of emetic

  • The emetic she took at about nine o'clock had little effect.

    The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete

    Duc de Saint-Simon

  • Emetic was the fastest sprinter there that day; a sprinter, not a stayer.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • Emetic's rider had taken a chance and lost it; lost it when McGloin caught him.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • Do not wait for him to arrive, but give an emetic to rid the stomach of the poison.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • If the child has eaten too much, or of improper food, an emetic should be given.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

British Dictionary definitions for emetic


  1. causing vomiting
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  1. an emetic agent or drug
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Derived Formsemetically, adverb

Word Origin for emetic

C17: from Late Latin ēmeticus, from Greek emetikos, from emein to vomit
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Word Origin and History for emetic

1650s (n.), 1660s (adj.), from French émétique (16c.), from Latin emeticus, from Greek emetikos "causing vomiting," from emesis "vomiting," from emein "to vomit," from PIE *weme- "to spit, vomit" (see vomit (v.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

emetic in Medicine


  1. An agent that causes vomiting.
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  1. Causing vomiting.
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