- a crystalline or white powdery substance, C29H40N2O4, the active principle of ipecac: used chiefly in the treatment of amebic dysentery and as an emetic and expectorant.
Origin of emetine
1810–20; < Greek émet(os) vomiting + -ine2; compare French émétine
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It might appear from this that emetine is soluble in hydrochlorate of ammonia.
Doctor Granville, at the outside, will cure his pyorrhea with emetine for no more than a paltry fifty dollars.Michael, Brother of Jerry
If it be soluble, it may consist of aconitine, atropine or codeine; if insoluble, of emetine or morphine.Legal Chemistry
Some cases of amibian dysentery are being treated with calomel, salol, and emetine.Turkish Prisoners in Egypt
- a white bitter poisonous alkaloid obtained from ipecacuanha: the hydrochloride is used to treat amoebic infections. Formula: C 29 H 40 O 4 N 2
C19: from French émétine; see emetic, -ine ²