emetine[em′ə tēn′, -tin]
an emetic alkaloid, CHNO, obtained from ipecac root, used chiefly in the treatment of amebiasis
Origin of emetineemetic + -ine
A bitter-tasting crystalline alkaloid, C29H40N2O4, derived from ipecac root and used in the treatment of amebiasis and as an emetic.
Origin of emetineFrench émétine, from émétique, emetic, from Latin emeticus; see emetic.
- A white crystalline bitter alkaloid extracted from ipecacuanha root, and regarded as its peculiar emetic principle.