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.

ip·e·cac·uan·ha

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