Meaning of emetic in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈmɛtɪk/

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  • 1(of a substance) causing vomiting.

    ‘This is followed by up to two quarts of warm salted water or strong licorice tea which in such high dosage is emetic.’
    • ‘Early tolerance develops not only to the pleasurable euphoriant effects of heroin, but also to the analgesic, sedative, emetic, and respiratory depressant effects.’
    • ‘Benzodiazepines and opioids - current standards of treatment for postoperative pain - have well-known sedative and emetic side effects.’
    • ‘All patients were monitored for the occurrence of emetic symptoms and possible side effects on three occasions within the first 24 hours after their emergence from general anesthesia.’
    • ‘All episodes of emetic symptoms during the first 24 hours after anesthesia were recorded.’
    • ‘The number of emetic episodes on the worst day were dependent on the cisplatin regimen.’
    • ‘Although not commonly used as an emetic today, the drug is a reliable and rapidly acting substance.’
    • ‘The men cleansed themselves with ceremonial bathing and by fasting and drinking a strong emetic potion which they called ‘medicine.’’
    • ‘Deoxynivalenol is often called vomitoxin because of its strong emetic effect on the animal.’
    • ‘It will make him vomit and eject all the contents of his stomach, including poison, which no emetic agent can do - thus saving his life.’
    • ‘Make sure your pets don't eat grass that has been exposed to fertilizers or pesticides… it can make them really sick beyond the emetic effect.’
    • ‘It's emetic action is probably caused by veratroidine and a resin.’
    • ‘Various parts of the elder have long been used in traditional medicine as a diaphoretic, diuretic, astringent, laxative, and emetic.’
    • ‘The berries have been shown to have an emetic effect.’
    1. 1.1 informal Nauseating or revolting.
      • ‘that emetic music endemic to department stores’
      • ‘Space precludes a full, emetic account of the family visit to the London Tate Gallery.’
      • ‘Letters sections in newspapers became fora for anyone for whom the mere mention of a cassock is emetic.’
      • ‘The film's carnage is emetic, not exploitative.’
      • ‘The heart-warming (for which read emetic) message of this self-regarding tosh is that everyone should follow their dreams.’
      • ‘Somewhere in childhood - around the age of seven - I had glugged from a bottle of Bell's, mistaking it for ginger ale, an incident which established an emetic aversion to the stuff.’
      • ‘They are emetic rather than erotic.’


  • A medicine or other substance which causes vomiting.

    ‘Napoleon had been treated for a long time with tartar emetics, and the day he died he had been given a huge dose of calomer as a purgative.’
    • ‘Doctors resorted to medications that purged the poison from the body - mercury laxatives, calomel, and emetics such as ipecacuanha.’
    • ‘Wounds were cleaned, broken bones were set, and medicinal emetics were administered.’
    • ‘Ayurvedic treatments prescribed by specialists, now increasingly popular in the West, include diet therapy, yoga and ‘internal cleansing’ such as enemas and emetics.’
    • ‘He advocated enemas, emetics, purgatives and sneezing powders.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, care generally remained harsh; hospitals relied on bleedings, purgings, and emetics to calm the disturbed and often locked in basement cells those considered dangerous.’
    • ‘The most common eating disorder in athletes involves exercise bulimia - using exercise as a form of weight reduction along with the use of laxatives, emetics, diuretics, and stimulants.’
    • ‘In some cities doctors have administered emetics to alleged crack dealers at the request of police or court officials.’
    • ‘Treatment is the use of emetics if the patient is not too weak.’
    • ‘The milder kinds are eaten as vegetables; the medium ones used as condiments; and the strongest are inedible but have been used as emetics.’
    • ‘He prefers to purge children of demons by making them take laxatives and emetics.’
    • ‘The overuse of bleeding, mercury, arsenic, opium, emetics, and purgatives weakened patients almost as much as the diseases of the day.’
    • ‘The juice is used in emetics, but it's not poisonous really.’
    • ‘Probably they need to get something out of their system (that's the folklore, anyway) and grass for some reason is a non-poisonous emetic.’
    • ‘The three of us, mum, sister and I, were thoroughly ill - the constant churning motion of the ship combined with the smell of oil and metal and ozone and kippers in the dark combined to make a pungent emetic.’
    • ‘It can have an irritant effect on the gastrointestinal mucosa, and in large doses will act as an emetic.’


Mid 17th century from Greek emetikos, from emein ‘to vomit’.