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ipecac

[ ip-i-kak ]
/ ˈɪp ɪˌkæk /
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noun

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.

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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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Medical definitions for ipecac

ipecac
[ ĭpĭ-kăk′ ]

n.

A preparation that is made from the dried roots and rhizomes of the shrub Cephaelis ipecacuanha that is used to induce vomiting.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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