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A bitter-tasting crystalline alkaloid, C29H40N2O4, derived from ipecac root and used in the treatment of amebiasis and as an emetic.

[French émétine, from émétique, emetic, from Latin emeticus; see emetic.]


(ˈɛməˌtiːn; -tɪn) or


(Elements & Compounds) a white bitter poisonous alkaloid obtained from ipecacuanha: the hydrochloride is used to treat amoebic infections. Formula: C29H40O4N2
[C19: from French émétine; see emetic, -ine2]
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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.
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.
A modern look is given to berberine, sanguinaria, quinine, emetine and other less prominent anti-infective drugs.
Emetine, the ingredient that triggers the vomit reflex, attaches to the heart muscle, where it can cause cardiac arrest.
Effect of emetine and related compounds on experimental cutaneous leishmaniasis.
On a new aerobic metabolite whose production by brain is inhibited by apomorphine, emetine, ergotamine, epinephrine, and menadione.