ipecac

noun ip·e·cac \ ˈi-pi-ˌkak \
variants: or less commonly ipecacuanha play \ˌi-pi-ˌka-kyə-ˈwä-nə, -nyə\

Definition of ipecac

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

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Origin and Etymology of ipecac

Portuguese ipecacuanha, from Tupi ɨpekakwánʸa, from ɨpéka duck + akwánʸa penis


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ipecac

noun ip·e·cac \ ˈip-i-ˌkak \
variants: also ipecacuanha play \ˌip-i-ˌkak-ü-ˈan-ə\

medical Definition of ipecac

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

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