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emetic (i-MET-ik) adjective

Causing vomiting.

noun

An agent that causes vomiting.

[Latin emetica, feminine of emeticus, provoking vomiting, from Greek emetikos, from emetos, vomiting, from emein, to vomit.]

"He was following a course of emetics, and so both ate and drank with uninhibited enjoyment. Saturnalia: Sub sole nihil novi, The Economist, Dec 18, 1999.

This week's theme: words from medicine.

Corrigendum: In last Sunday's (May 28, 2000) citation for the word `pelf', the word `concentred' was mistranscribed as `concentrate'. It should have read as follows. -Anu "Despite those titles, power and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self." Sir Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel.

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