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[ vom-i-kuh ]
/ ˈvɒm ɪ kə /

noun, plural vom·i·cae [vom-uh-see] /ˈvɒm əˌsi/. Pathology.

a cavity, usually in the lungs, containing pus.
the pus content of such a cavity.

Nearby words

volzhsky, vom, vomer, vomerine, vomerine cartilage, vomica, vomit, vomit comet, vomiting, vomiting of pregnancy, vomiting reflex

Origin of vomica

1565–75; < Latin: a boil, ulcer, equivalent to vom(ere) to discharge (see vomit) + -ica, feminine of -icus -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vomica

  • I believe it was a case of Vomica, and not a true Phthisis that was cured.

    An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses|William Withering
  • After the rupture and discharge of a Vomica also, such a remedy promises to be a powerful palliative.

Medicine definitions for vomica


[ vŏmĭ-kə ]


Profuse expectoration of putrid matter.
An abnormal pus-containing cavity, usually in a lung, caused by deterioration of tissue.
The pus contained in such a cavity.
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