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[ip-i-kak] /ˈɪp ɪˌkæk/
noun
1.
the dried root of a shrubby South American plant, Cephaelis ipecacuanha, of the madder family.
2.
the plant itself.
3.
a drug consisting of the dried roots of this plant, used as an emetic, purgative, etc., and as the source of emetine.
Also, ipecacuanha
[ip-i-kak-yoo-an-uh] /ˌɪp ɪˌkæk yuˈæn ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism; short for ipecacuanha < Portuguese < Tupi ipekaaguéne, equivalent to ipeh low + kaâ leaves + guéne vomit
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British Dictionary definitions for ipecacuanha

ipecacuanha

/ˌɪpɪˌkækjʊˈænə/
noun
1.
a low-growing South American rubiaceous shrub, Cephaelis ipecacuanha
2.
a drug prepared from the dried roots of this plant, used as a purgative and emetic
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese, from Tupi ipekaaguéne, from ipeh low + kaa leaves + guéne vomit
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Word Origin and History for ipecacuanha

ipecac

1710, borrowing via Portuguese of a shortened form of Tupi ipecacuana (a word attested in English from 1682), a medicinal plant of Brazil. The Indian word is said to mean "small plant causing vomit."

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ipecacuanha in Medicine

ipecac ip·e·cac (ĭp'ĭ-kāk')
n.
A preparation that is made from the dried roots and rhizomes of the shrub Cephaelis ipecacuanha that is used to induce vomiting.

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