Definition of emetic in English:

emetic

Syllabification: e·met·ic
Pronunciation: /iˈmetik
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of a substance) causing vomiting.
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    • 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
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    • 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.

noun

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  • A medicine or other substance that causes vomiting.
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Greek emetikos, from emein 'to vomit'.

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