- the dried root of a tropical South American plant (Cephaëlis ipecacuanha) of the madder family, that yields emetine and other alkaloids
- a preparation from the dried roots, used to induce vomiting
- any of several plant roots used in a similar way
Origin of ipecaccontr. ; from Portuguese ipecacuanha ; from Tupí ipe-kaa-guéne
- a. A low-growing tropical American shrub (Psychotria ipecacuanha syn. Cephaelis ipecacuanha) having roots and rhizomes that yield emetine.b. The dried roots and rhizomes of this shrub.
- A medicinal preparation made from the dried roots and rhizomes of this shrub that is used to induce vomiting, particularly in cases of poisoning and drug overdose.
Origin of ipecacShort for Portuguese ipecacuanha, from Tupí ipekaaguéne : ipeh, low + kaâ, leaves + guéne, vomit.
(countable and uncountable, plural ipecacs)