[ uh-met-ik ]
/ əˈmɛt ɪk /


causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance.


an emetic medicine or agent.

Nearby words

  1. emery,
  2. emery board,
  3. emery cloth,
  4. emery wheel,
  5. emesis,
  6. emetine,
  7. emetocathartic,
  8. emf,
  9. emg,
  10. emg syndrome

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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British Dictionary definitions for emetic


/ (ɪˈmɛtɪk) /


causing vomiting


an emetic agent or drug
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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Medicine definitions for emetic


[ ĭ-mĕtĭk ]


An agent that causes vomiting.


Causing vomiting.

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