Definition of emetine in English:


Syllabification: em·e·tine
Pronunciation: /ˈemiˌtēn


  • An alkaloid present in ipecac and formerly used in the treatment of amebic infections and as an emetic in aversion therapy.
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    • If patients use this emetic, the emetine that it contains can cause myocardial damage similar to viral myocarditis.
    • This product contains cephaline and emetine, which stimulate gastric sensory centers linked to the vomiting center in the brain.
    • In addition, using emetine (a translation inhibitor altering ribosome functioning) we detected the involvement of ribotoxic stress in p38 MAPK activation by UVA.


early 19th century: from Greek emetos 'vomiting' + -ine4.

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