The soft sounds of retching filtered back into the black stillness.
Nurse: Yes she is quite stable at the night, she hasn't had any retching with me and she has been sleeping on and off.
1540s, originally "to clear the throat, to cough up phlegm," from Old English hræcan "to cough up, spit" (related to hraca "phlegm"), from Proto-Germanic *khrækijanan (cf. Old High German rahhison "to clear one's throat"), of imitative origin (cf. Lithuanian kregeti "to grunt"). Meaning "to make efforts to vomit" is from 1850; sense of "to vomit" is first attested 1888. Related: Retched; retching.
v. retched, retch·ing, retch·es
To try to vomit.