Definition of emetic in English:
1(Of a substance) causing vomiting.
- This is followed by up to two quarts of warm salted water or strong licorice tea which in such high dosage is emetic.
- Early tolerance develops not only to the pleasurable euphoriant effects of heroin, but also to the analgesic, sedative, emetic, and respiratory depressant effects.
- Benzodiazepines and opioids - current standards of treatment for postoperative pain - have well-known sedative and emetic side effects.
1.1 informal Nauseating or revolting: that emetic music in department stores
More example sentences
- Space precludes a full, emetic account of the family visit to the London Tate Gallery in December, 1999.
- Letters sections in newspapers became fora for anyone for whom the mere mention of a cassock is emetic.
nounBack to top
A medicine or other substance that causes vomiting.
- Napoleon had been treated for a long time with tartar emetics, and the day he died he had been given a huge dose of calomer as a purgative.
- Doctors resorted to medications that purged the poison from the body - mercury laxatives, calomel, and emetics such as ipecacuanha.
- Wounds were cleaned, broken bones were set, and medicinal emetics were administered.
Mid 17th century: from Greek emetikos, from emein 'to vomit'.
Words that rhyme with emeticaesthetic (US esthetic), alphabetic, anaesthetic (US anesthetic), antithetic, apathetic, apologetic, arithmetic, ascetic, athletic, balletic, bathetic, cosmetic, cybernetic, diabetic, dietetic, diuretic, electromagnetic, energetic, exegetic, frenetic, genetic, Helvetic, hermetic, homiletic, kinetic, magnetic, metic, mimetic, parenthetic, pathetic, peripatetic, phonetic, photosynthetic, poetic, prophetic, prothetic, psychokinetic, splenetic, sympathetic, syncretic, syndetic, synthetic, telekinetic, theoretic, zetetic
Definition of emetic in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.