Origin of emetic
Examples from the Web for emetic
It actually has emetic and cathartic properties, but even these are inferior to those possessed by many other drugs.
Does it act as physic, emetic, a bath, or do the sores follow right out of the blood into the box?The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
Large doses are said to be emetic and smaller doses tonic and expectorant.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Physicians prescribe an emetic, the composition of which he does not know.An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa|Abd Salam Shabeeny
It was used in medicine as an emetic and artists, especially those using water colors will recall it as a yellow pigment.
British Dictionary definitions for emetic
Word Origin for emetic
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.)).