Definition of emetine in English:

emetine

noun

  • An alkaloid present in ipecac and formerly used in the treatment of amoebic infections and as an emetic in aversion therapy.

    • ‘If patients use this emetic, the emetine that it contains can cause myocardial damage similar to viral myocarditis.’
    • ‘In addition, using emetine (a translation inhibitor altering ribosome functioning) we detected the involvement of ribotoxic stress in p38 MAPK activation by UVA.’
    • ‘This product contains cephaline and emetine, which stimulate gastric sensory centers linked to the vomiting center in the brain.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek emetos vomiting + -ine.

Pronunciation:

emetine

/ˈeməˌtēn/