antiemetic

adjective

an·​ti·​emet·​ic ˌan-tē-i-ˈme-tik How to pronounce antiemetic (audio)
ˌan-tī-
: used or tending to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting
antiemetic drugs used in conjunction with chemotherapy
antiemetic noun
an over-the-counter antiemetic to treat motion sickness

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Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1679, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antiemetic was in 1679

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Cite this Entry

“Antiemetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiemetic. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition

antiemetic 1 of 2

adjective

an·​ti·​emet·​ic ˌant-ē-ə-ˈmet-ik, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antiemetic (audio)
: used or tending to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting
antiemetic drugs

antiemetic

2 of 2

noun

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

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2022

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