emetine

[ em-i-teen, -tin ]
/ ˈɛm ɪˌtin, -tɪn /
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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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of emetine

1810–20; < Greek émet(os) vomiting + -ine2; compare French émétine

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emetine

emetin (ˈɛmətɪn)

/ (ˈɛməˌtiːn, -tɪn) /

noun

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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