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
< Greek émet(os
) vomiting + -ine2
; compare French émétine
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Historical Examples of emetine
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.
If it be soluble, it may consist of aconitine, atropine or codeine; if insoluble, of emetine or morphine.
Some cases of amibian dysentery are being treated with calomel, salol, and emetine.
British Dictionary definitions for emetine
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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