Pronunciation: (ip'i-kak"), [key]
1. the dried root of a shrubby South American plant, Cephaelis ipecacuanha, of the madder family.
2. the plant itself.
3. a drug consisting of the dried roots of this plant, used as an emetic, purgative, etc., and as the source of emetine. Also,ip•e•cac•u•an•haPronunciation: (ip"i-kak"yOO-an'u). [key]
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