Meaning of “emetic” in the English Dictionary

"emetic" in English

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emeticnoun [ C ]

uk /iˈmet.ɪk/ us /iˈmet̬.ɪk/ specialized
adjective uk us

Examples from literature

  • A strong emetic was given, which brought up a vast quantity of undigested food. 
  • Many emetics were given to him: but two hours passed before they operated. 
  • Some of the agents of this class, termed irritant emetics, produce vomiting by a local action on the stomach, and do not affect this organ when introduced elsewhere. 
  • The emetic she took at about nine o'clock had little effect. 
  • There is a combination of banana and the leather smell of a valise containing food, that is to many people an immediate emetic. 

(Definition of “emetic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)