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From Ancient Greek ἔμετος (émetos, vomiting) +‎ -ine.



emetine (uncountable)

  1. (chemistry) A white crystalline bitter alkaloid, chemical formula C29H40N2O4, extracted from ipecacuanha root, and regarded as its peculiar emetic principle.
    • 1948 September 13, “A Drink for Drunks”, in Time:
      During a 10-year period the sanitarium treated 2,323 patients (93% were men) by the emetine method.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 323:
      Magendie performed experiments on emetics and the nature of vomiting, and showed that the emetic properties of ipecacuanha were due to a substance he named emetine.
    • 2001 May 25, Neil F. Bence et al., “Impairment of the Ubiquitin-Proteasome System by Protein Aggregation”, in Science[1], volume 292, number 5521, DOI:10.1126/science.292.5521.1552, page 1553:
      After a 3-hour incubation with ALLN [acetylleucyl-leucyl-norleucinal], cells were incubated with emetine in the presence (closed symbols) or absence (open symbols) of ALLN (10 µg/ml).



emetine f

  1. plural of emetina