Ipecac Definition

ĭpĭ-kăkyo͝o-ănə
noun
The dried root of a tropical South American plant (Cephaëlis ipecacuanha) of the madder family, that yields emetine and other alkaloids.
Webster's New World
Any of several plant roots used in a similar way.
Webster's New World
A preparation from the dried roots, used to induce vomiting.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Ipecac

Noun

Singular:
ipecac
Plural:
ipecacs

Origin of Ipecac

  • Short for Portuguese ipecacuanha from Tupí ipekaaguéne ipeh low kaâ leaves guéne vomit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortening of ipecacuanha, from Tupian.

    From Wiktionary

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