[ ip-i-kak ]
/ ˈɪp ɪˌkæk /


the dried root of a shrubby South American plant, Cephaelis ipecacuanha, of the madder family.
the plant itself.
a drug consisting of the dried roots of this plant, used as an emetic, purgative, etc., and as the source of emetine.

Nearby words

  1. ip address,
  2. ipa,
  3. ipad,
  4. ipatieff,
  5. ipcc,
  6. ipecac spurge,
  7. ipecac syrup,
  8. ipecacuanha,
  9. iphianassa,
  10. iphicles

Also ip·e·cac·u·an·ha [ip-i-kak-yoo-an-uh] /ˌɪp ɪˌkæk yuˈæn ə/.

Origin of ipecac

1780–90, Americanism; short for ipecacuanha < Portuguese < Tupi ipekaaguéne, equivalent to ipeh low + kaâ leaves + guéne vomit

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Word Origin and History for ipecac


1710, borrowing via Portuguese of a shortened form of Tupi ipecacuana (a word attested in English from 1682), a medicinal plant of Brazil. The Indian word is said to mean "small plant causing vomit."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ipecac


[ ĭpĭ-kăk′ ]


A preparation that is made from the dried roots and rhizomes of the shrub Cephaelis ipecacuanha that is used to induce vomiting.

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