Meaning of emetine

em•e•tine

Pronunciation: (em'i-tēn", -tin), [key]
— n. Pharm.
  1. a crystalline or white powdery substance, CHNO, the active principle of ipecac: used chiefly in the treatment of amebic dysentery and as an emetic and expectorant.
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