IPECACUAN'HA, n. A root produced in South America. Four sorts are mentioned, gray, brown, white, and yellow. The gray, or genuine kind, is referred by Mutis to the Psychotria emetica, but more recently by Brotero to the Callicocca Ipecacuanha, a plant growing in Brazil. These plants have been considered by some as the same, or as species of the same genus. This root is used as an emetic. Ipecacuanha is a little wrinkled root about the thickness of a moderate quill, much used as an emetic, and against diarrheas and dysenteries.
A medicine of the shops produced by a considerable number of plants. That which is considered the best, is the root of Cephaëlis Ipecacuanha of South America.
Ipecacuanha is a little wrinkled root about the thickness of a moderate quill, much used as an emetic, and against diarrheas and dysenteries. Cyc.
- The root of a
Brazilian rubiaceous herb (Cephaë]lis Ipecacuanha),
largely employed as an emetic; also, the plant itself; also, a
medicinal extract of the root. Many other plants are used as a
substitutes; among them are the black or Peruvian ipecac
(Psychotria emetica), the white ipecac (Ionidium
Ipecacuanha), the bastard or wild ipecac (Asclepias
Curassavica), and the undulated ipecac (Richardsonia