[ vom-it ]
/ ˈvɒm ɪt /
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verb (used without object)

to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; regurgitate; throw up.
to belch or spew with force or violence.

verb (used with object)


the act of vomiting.
the matter ejected in vomiting.



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Origin of vomit

1375–1425; late Middle English vomiten<Latin vomitāre, frequentative of vomere to discharge, vomit; akin to Greek emeîn (see emetic)
vom·it·er, nounvom·i·tive, adjectivevom·i·tous·ly, adverbun·vom·it·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vomit

/ (ˈvɒmɪt) /

verb -its, -iting or -ited

to eject (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth as the result of involuntary muscular spasms of the stomach and oesophagus
to eject or be ejected forcefully; spew forth


the matter ejected in vomiting
the act of vomiting
a drug or agent that induces vomiting; emetic
vomiter, noun
C14: from Latin vomitāre to vomit repeatedly, from vomere to vomit
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Medical definitions for vomit

[ vŏmĭt ]


To eject part or all of the stomach contents through the mouth, usually in a series of involuntary spasmic movements.


The act or an instance of ejecting matter from the stomach through the mouth.
Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth.
An emetic.
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Scientific definitions for vomit

[ vŏmĭt ]

Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth, usually as a result of involuntary muscle contractions.
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