- causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance.
- an emetic medicine or agent.
Origin of emetic
Examples from the Web for 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.
Emetic's rider had taken a chance and lost it; lost it when McGloin caught him.
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
- causing vomiting
- an emetic agent or drug
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.)).
- An agent that causes vomiting.
- Causing vomiting.