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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Efficient shoot formation on internodal segments and alkaloid formation in the regenerates of Cephalis ipecacuanha.
Tenders are invited for Supply of medicine Fluoricum acidum,Formica rufa, Ficus religiosa, Gelsemium sempervirens, Glonoine,Graphites, Guaiacum, Gun powder, Hamamelis virginica, Helleborus niger,Helpar sulphuris calcareum,Hydrastis canadensis,Hydrocotyle asiatica, Hyoscyamus niger, Hypericum perforatum, Hecla lava, Ignatia amara, Iodium, Ipecacuanha, Iris versicolor,
Advances in vitro propagation via somatic embryogenesis of Psychotria ipecacuanha (Brot.
In recent years a much smaller cluster of commonly utilised medicines has emerged, including Arsenicum album, Bryonia, Ipecacuanha, Eucalyptus globulus, Natrum muriaticum, Chinchona and Veratrum album.
La planta que produce la ipecacuanha fue largo tiempo desconocida; se creyo ser la Psychotria emetica, Clase Pentandria, Orden Monogynia, tambien la Viola ipecacuanha, Clase Syngenesia, Orden Monogynia.
His transaction with the Ipecacuanha sailors suggests that his experiments are dependent on the economic practices that encircle the island, practices that are in particular related to the hunting, trading, and shipping of animals across the tropics.
Persistent nausea with retching, belching, and copious saliva indicates Ipecacuanha.
population, not of Chinese origin, was basically addicted to prescription, or at least pharmaceutically prepared opium mixtures, including laudanum (a tincture of opium dissolved in ethanol) and the well-known dover powder (a mixture of opium, ipecacuanha, and potassium sulfate).