- 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.
Origin of ipecac
Examples from the Web for ipecac
Historical Examples of ipecac
Just as soon as the child is able to swallow, give a teaspoon of syrup of ipecac.
A teaspoon of syrup of ipecac, repeated in fifteen minutes if necessary.
It went from one to another as if it had been a dish of ipecac.Eben Holden
It seems to effect a cure in dysentery in the same manner as ipecac.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Acid with the Ipecac, giving them in rotation, a dose every hour.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art
B. L. Hill
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."
- A preparation that is made from the dried roots and rhizomes of the shrub Cephaelis ipecacuanha that is used to induce vomiting.