American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bitter-tasting crystalline alkaloid, C29H40N2O4, derived from ipecac root and used in the treatment of amebiasis and as an emetic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alkaloid found in ipecacuanha, and forming its active principle. It is white, pulverulent, and bitter, soluble in hot water and alcohol, and in large doses intensely emetic. In smaller doses it acts as an expectorant, and in still smaller quantities as a stimulant to the stomach. Also
- n. A white crystalline bitter alkaloid extracted from ipecacuanha root, and regarded as its peculiar emetic principle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) A white crystalline bitter alkaloid extracted from ipecacuanha root, and regarded as its peculiar emetic principle.
- French émétine, from émétique, emetic, from Latin emeticus; see emetic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is very probable that a comparative experimental study will prove the existence of a large number of elementary species, differing in many points; they will probably also show differences in the amount of the active chemical substances, especially of emetine, which is usually recorded as present in about 1\%, but which will undoubtedly be found in larger quantities in some, and in smaller quantities in other elementary species.”
“And right now they're jolting his gums and the pus-sacs with emetine.”
“Doctor Granville, at the outside, will cure his pyorrhea with emetine for no more than a paltry fifty dollars.”
“I have diagnosed it as pyorrhea which has infected the stomach from the mouth, and have suggested emetine treatment of the mouth as a cure for the stomach disorder.”
“After a few months Wim was admitted into the Dutch military hospital in Western Java for a second course of emetine injections.”
“The emetine injections prescribed for amoebic dysentery gradually brought the disease under control.”
“You feel the good effects of the emetine within six hours and the remedy, continued, kills the amoeba the way quinine kills the malarial parasite.”
“Your amoebic dysentery correspondent is in bed, fully injected with emetine, having flown four hundred miles to Nairobi via Arusha from where the outfit is camped on the Serenea river on the far side of the Serengeti plain.”
“A 1985 study of 654 former Schick Shadel patients who had been discharged an average of 16 months after treatment showed that 82.8 percent received emetine aversion therapy.”
“Granville, at the outside, will cure his pyorrhea with emetine for no more than a paltry fifty dollars.”
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