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emetic

[uh-met-ik] /əˈmɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance.
noun
2.
an emetic medicine or agent.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin emeticus < Greek emetikós, equivalent to émet(os) vomiting + -ikos -ic
Related forms
emetically, adverb
hyperemetic, adjective
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  • There is a combination of banana and the leather smell of a valise containing food, that is to many people an immediate emetic.
British Dictionary definitions for emetic

emetic

/ɪˈmɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
causing vomiting
noun
2.
an emetic agent or drug
Derived Forms
emetically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin ēmeticus, from Greek emetikos, from emein to vomit
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Word Origin and History for emetic

1650s (n.), 1660s (adj.), from French émétique (16c.), from Latin emeticus, from Greek emetikos "causing vomiting," from emesis "vomiting," from emein "to vomit," from PIE *weme- "to spit, vomit" (see vomit (v.)).

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emetic in Medicine

emetic e·met·ic (ĭ-mět'ĭk)
n.
An agent that causes vomiting. adj.
Causing vomiting.

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