Definition of emetic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//iˈmetɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//iˈmetɪk//
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a substance that makes you vomit (= bring up food from the stomach) The child was given an emetic after he had swallowed some poisonous berries. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Greek emetikos, from emein ‘to vomit’.

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