Definition of ipecacuanha in English:


Line breaks: ipe|cacu|anha
Pronunciation: /ˌɪpɪkakjʊˈanə


[mass noun]
  • 1The dried rhizome of a South American shrub, or a drug prepared from this, used as an emetic and expectorant.
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    • Doctors resorted to medications that purged the poison from the body - mercury laxatives, calomel, and emetics such as ipecacuanha.
    • Expectorants for example guaiphenesin, ammonium chloride, squill, sodium citrate and ipecacuanha may help chesty coughs.
    • Eight understory species clustered together, but two understory species, P. emetica and P. ipecacuanha, both with unusually high root: shoot ratios, were positioned far from the centroid for understory species.
  • 2The shrub that produces ipecacuanha, native to Brazil and cultivated elsewhere.
    • Cephaelis ipecacuanha, family Rubiaceae
  • 2.1Used in names of other plants with similar uses to ipecacuanha, e.g. American ipecacuanha.


early 17th century: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani ipekaaguéne 'emetic creeper', from ipe 'small' + kaa 'leaves' + guéne 'vomit'.

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