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Dried rhizome and roots of either of two tropical New World plants (Cephaelis acuminata and C. ipecacuanha) of the madder family. It has been used since ancient times especially as a source of a drug to treat poisoning by inducing nausea and vomiting. The name also refers to the drug itself.
Variants of IPECAC
ipecac or ipecacuanha
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