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ip·e·cac

 (ĭp′ĭ-kăk′) also ip·e·cac·u·an·ha (ĭp′ĭ-kăk′yo͞o-ăn′ə)
n.
1.
a. A low-growing tropical American shrub (Psychotria ipecacuanha syn. Cephaelis ipecacuanha) having roots and rhizomes that yield emetine.
b. The dried roots and rhizomes of this shrub.
2. A medicinal preparation made from the dried roots and rhizomes of this shrub that is used to induce vomiting, particularly in cases of poisoning and drug overdose.

[Short for Portuguese ipecacuanha, from Tupí ipekaaguéne : ipeh, low + kaâ, leaves + guéne, vomit.]

ip•e•cac

(ˈɪp ɪˌkæk)

n.
1. a tropical South American shrubby plant, Cephaelis ipecacuanha, of the madder family.
2. the dried root of this plant, used as an emetic.
Also called ip•e•cac•u•an•ha (ˌɪp ɪˌkæk yuˈæn ə)
[1780–90, Amer.; short for ipecacuanha < Portuguese < Tupi ipekaaguéne=ipeh low + kaâ leaves + guéne vomit]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ipecac - a medicinal drug used to evoke vomiting (especially in cases of drug overdose or poisoning)
emetic, nauseant, vomitive, vomit - a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting
Translations

ip·e·cac

, syrup of
n. jarabe de ipecacuana, emético y expectorante.

ipecac

n ipecacuana; syrup of — jarabe m de ipecacuana
References in classic literature ?
Just wait till I get the ipecac bottle--you mayn't have any at your house.
I'm going to give her a dose of ipecac first of all."
Minnie May did not take kindly to the ipecac but Anne had not brought up three pairs of twins for nothing.
I gave her every drop of ipecac in that bottle and when the last dose went down I said to myself--not to Diana or Young Mary Joe, because I didn't want to worry them any more than they were worried, but I had to say it to myself just to relieve my feelings--`This is the last lingering hope and I fear, tis a vain one.' But in about three minutes she coughed up the phlegm and began to get better right away.
Noyes promoted his products in the pages of his magazine, touting Noyes Pectoral Syrup with Heroin--a mix of cherry, squills, blood roots, ipecac, tartaremetic--as "no better remedy for a cough."
It is renowned to contain numerous secondary metabolite such as alkaloids (ipecac and benzopyridoquinolizidine), flavonoids, triterpenoids, saponins, tannins, phenolic resin glycosides, oil, alangine, lamarckinine, salviifosides A-C, salicin, kaempferol, and kaempferol 3-O-b-D-glucopyranoside.
He said various dangerous chemicals like steroids and mercury ipecac were being used in face-whitening creams which had a bad impact upon the skin and led to skin diseases including skin cancer.
Use of these cosmetics was harmful for the skin as those contain various dangerous chemicals like steroids and mercury ipecac which had a bad impact upon the skin and led to skin diseases including skin cancer.
These include irritation of the diaphragm from lung infections or inferior wall myocardial infarctions, uremia (in acute or chronic kidney disease), toxins, and certain drugs (e.g., ipecac, digitalis).
In addition, the provision of free locks, PCC number stickers, and syrup of ipecac (a natural emetic) have proven to be effective in keeping the incident under control (1).
Emetine, a natural compound originating from ipecac roots, has been utilized as a chemotherapeutic agent due to its apoptosis-inducing effects.
Gastrointestinal decontamination methods used in a study conducted by Caravati include, vomiting induction using ipecac syrup (58%), activated charcoal alone (9%), gastric lavage combined with activated charcoal (7%), and ipecac syrup combined with activated charcoal (3%) (18).