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emetic

[ uh-met-ik ]
/ əˈmɛt ɪk /
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adjective
causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance.
noun
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

OTHER WORDS FROM emetic

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 of emetic

emetically, adverb

Word Origin for emetic

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

emetic
[ ĭ-mĕtĭk ]

n.
An agent that causes vomiting.
adj.
Causing vomiting.
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