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ipecacuanha

Pronunciation: ip'e-kak'yu-an'a

Definition: The dried root of Uragoga (Cephaelis) ipecacuanha (family Rubiaceae), a shrub of Brazil and other parts of South America; contains emetine, cephaeline, emetamine, ipecacuanhic acid, psychotrine, and methylpsychotrine; has expectorant, emetic, and antidysenteric properties.

Synonym(s): ipecac

[native Brazilian word]

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