ipecacuanha

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ip·e·cac·u·an·ha

(ip'ĕ-kak'yū-an'ă),
The dried root of Uragoga (Cephaelis) ipecacuanha (family Rubiaceae), a shrub of Brazil and other parts of South America; contains emetine, cephaeline, emetamine, ipecacuanhic acid, psychotrine, and methylpsychotrine; has expectorant, emetic, and antidysenteric properties.
Synonym(s): ipecac
[native Brazilian word]

ip·e·cac·uan·ha

(ip'ĕ-kak-wahn'ă)
The dried root of Uragoga (Cephaelis) ipecacuanha (family Rubiaceae), a shrub found in Brazil and other parts of South America; contains emetine, cephaeline, emetamine, ipecacuanhic acid, psychotrine, and methylpsychotrine; has expectorant, emetic, and antidysenteric properties.

ipecacuanha

A drug once widely used to promote vomiting in people known to have taken poisons. Ipecacuanha is no longer recommended. It is no believed to prevent absorption even if given early and it may increase the risk of aspiration of the poison. The drug is, however, on the WHO official list.

ipecacuanha (iˈ·pi·kaˈ·ky·wäˑ·n),

n Latin names:
Psychotria ipecacuanha, Cephaelis ipecacuanha; part used: root; uses: induction of vomiting, perspiration, cough, facilitate digestion, stimulate aperitive, stomach action, intestinal action, liver action, bronchitis, laryngitis, dysentery; precautions: can cause skin irritation; can produce pustules; gastroenteritis, cardiac failure, vasodilator, severe bronchitis, pulmonary inflammation, sneezing, mild inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane, severe myopathy, lethargy, erythema, dysphagia, and cardiotoxicity.

ip·e·cac·uan·ha

(ip'ĕ-kak-wahn'ă)
The dried root of Uragoga (Cephaelis) ipecacuanha; has expectorant, emetic, and antidysenteric properties.

ipecacuanha

see ipecac.