emet·​ic | \ i-ˈme-tik How to pronounce emetic (audio) \

Definition of emetic

: an agent that induces vomiting

Other Words from emetic

emetic adjective

Examples of emetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2001, Achidi John, an asylum-seeker from Cameroon died after officers forced him to take emetics, a drug that induces vomiting, while in custody. Mélissa Godin, Time, 10 June 2020 Doctors can prescribe several drugs to reduce nausea and vomiting that are safe to take during pregnancy, including certain antacids, antihistamines and anti-emetics. Patricia Waldron, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 Escape games are a natural emetic for all your bad qualities. Molly Young, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of emetic

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emetic

Latin emetica, from Greek emetikē, from feminine of emetikos causing vomiting, from emein to vomit — more at vomit

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“Emetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emetic. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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emet·​ic | \ i-ˈmet-ik How to pronounce emetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of emetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an agent that induces vomiting



Medical Definition of emetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the capacity to induce vomiting

Other Words from emetic

emetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce emetic (audio) \ adverb

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