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- (chemistry) A white crystalline bitter alkaloid, chemical formula C29H40N2O4, extracted from ipecacuanha root, and regarded as its peculiar emetic principle.
- 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, 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).
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