an·​ti·​emet·​ic | \ ˌan-tē-i-ˈme-tik How to pronounce antiemetic (audio) , ˌan-tī- \

Definition of antiemetic

: used or tending to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting antiemetic drugs used in conjunction with chemotherapy

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Other Words from antiemetic

antiemetic noun
an over-the-counter antiemetic to treat motion sickness

Examples of antiemetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most conventional antiemetic products have fairly mild side effects, but also tend to offer limited relief for treating nausea and are not effective for all patients. Javier Hasse, Forbes, 6 May 2021 And if that doesn’t do the trick, your doctor may recommend taking an antiemetic drug to help prevent vomiting. Korin Miller, SELF, 6 Nov. 2018 The agency also warns about the risks of taking opioids with antiemetic medications (such as ondansetron) and other serotinergic drugs (such as St. John's wort). Tessie Castillo, SELF, 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of antiemetic

1734, in the meaning defined above

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“Antiemetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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an·​ti·​emet·​ic | \ ˌant-ē-ə-ˈmet-ik, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antiemetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of antiemetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used or tending to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting antiemetic drugs



Medical Definition of antiemetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agent used to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting an over-the-counter antiemetic to treat motion sickness


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