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retch

[rech] /rɛtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to make efforts to vomit.
verb (used with object)
2.
to vomit.
noun
3.
the act or an instance of retching.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; variant of reach, Old English hrǣcan to clear the throat (not recorded in ME), derivative of hrāca a clearing of the throat; compare Old Norse hrǣkja to hawk, spit
Can be confused
retch, winch, wrench, wretch.
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Examples for retching
  • We hauled him, shaking and retching, onto the ledge.
  • The hills are alive with the sound of my retching.
  • Mouths opened wide, retching with horror and consternation.
  • Meconium in stomach is hypothesized to act as an irritant and cause vomiting and retching.
British Dictionary definitions for retching

retch

/rɛtʃ; riːtʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
2.
to vomit
noun
3.
an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
Word Origin
Old English hrǣcan; related to Old Norse hrǣkja to spit
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Word Origin and History for retching
retch
1548, originally "to clear the throat, to cough up phlegm," from O.E. hræcan "to cough up, spit" (related to hraca "phlegm"), from P.Gmc. *khrækijanan (cf. O.H.G. rahhison "to clear one's throat"), of imitative origin (cf. Lith. kregeti "to grunt"). Meaning "to make efforts to vomit" is from 1850; sense of "to vomit" is first attested 1888.
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retching in Medicine

retch (rěch)
v. retched, retch·ing, retch·es
To try to vomit.

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