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 (ĭp′ĭ-kăk′) also ip·e·cac·u·an·ha (ĭp′ĭ-kăk′yo͞o-ăn′ə)
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.]


(ˌɪpɪˌkækjʊˈænə) or


1. (Plants) a low-growing South American rubiaceous shrub, Cephaelis ipecacuanha
2. (Pharmacology) a drug prepared from the dried roots of this plant, used as a purgative and emetic
[C18: from Portuguese, from Tupi ipekaaguéne, from ipeh low + kaa leaves + guéne vomit]


[ˌɪpɪkækjʊˈænə] Nipecacuana f
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I counted on the "Ipecacuanha" returning as the year wore on; but she never came.
One had a shock of red hair, like the captain of the "Ipecacuanha," and a dirty white cap lay in the bottom of the boat.
He was forced to concentrate with all his will in order to remember which of them could stand ipecacuanha, and which of them were constitutionally unable to retain that powerful drug.
A sweet-tasting syrup with sugar, honey and glycerol to soothe irritated throats, plus Ipecacuanha - a natural expectorant to relieve coughs.
Doctors resorted to medications that purged the poison from the body--mercury laxatives, calomel, and emetics such as ipecacuanha. Bleeding also helped draw the "excitement" from the sick patient.
Micrographic references with a light microscope are reported in previous work on the bark of Cinchonae succirubrae (Koch, 1901; Jackson and Snowdon, 1974) and the root of Cephaelis ipecacuanha and Cephaelis acuminata (Jackson and Snowdon, 1974).
If the stool is green and there is accompanying nausea or vomiting, a 30C dose of Ipecacuanha (Brown Ipecac) is the remedy of choice.
In vitro plant regeneration from leaf callus of Cephaelis ipecacuanha A.
Commonly used expectorants include ammonium chloride, squill and ipecacuanha. In theory, they should be useful, but in practice there's no evidence to suggest that they do what they say.
ipecacuanha, both with unusually high root:shoot ratios, were positioned far from the centroid for understory species.
The phrase at the head of the acknowledgments conveys the general flavor: "That womanly solidarity and grace." Ipecacuanha itself is less nauseating.
5 Ipecacuanha is a favourite remedy for colic in babies.