[em-i-teen, -tin]

noun Pharmacology.

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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emetin (ˈɛmətɪn)


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

Word Origin for emetine

C19: from French émétine; see emetic, -ine ²
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