ipecac

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noun ip·e·cac \ˈi-pi-ˌkak\
variants: or less commonly

ipecacuanha

play \ˌi-pi-ˌka-kyə-ˈwä-nə, -nyə\

Definition of ipecac

  1. 1 :  the dried rhizome and roots of either of two tropical American plants (Cephaelis acuminata and C. ipecacuanha) of the madder family used especially as a source of emetine; also :  either of these plants

  2. 2 :  an emetic and expectorant drug that contains emetine and is prepared from ipecac especially as a syrup for use in treating accidental poisoning

Origin and Etymology of ipecac

Portuguese ipecacuanha, from Tupi  i̵pekakwánʸa, from  i̵péka duck + akwánʸa penis


First Known Use: 1682


Medical Dictionary

ipecac

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noun ip·e·cac \ˈip-i-ˌkak\
variants: also

ipecacuanha

\ˌip-i-ˌkak-ü-ˈan-ə\play play

Medical Definition of ipecac

  1. 1:  the dried rhizome and roots of either of two tropical American plants (Cephaelis acuminata and C. ipecacuanha) of the madder family used especially as a source of emetine and cephaeline; also :  either of these plants

  2. 2:  an emetic and expectorant preparation of ipecac; especially :  ipecac syrup


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