An emetic is a medicine or potion that makes you vomit, which you might be given if you've taken poison or some other harmful substance.

You can also use the word emetic in a more figurative sense to describe anything that makes you feel sick — the motion of a boat rocked by a storm could easily be an emetic, and the tuna sandwich the guy sitting next to you on the bus has just unwrapped might also be an emetic for everyone sitting nearby.

Definitions of emetic
  1. noun
    a medicine that induces nausea and vomiting
    synonyms: nauseant, vomit, vomitive
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    a medicinal drug used to evoke vomiting (especially in cases of drug overdose or poisoning)
    dry mustard, powdered mustard
    a substance such that one to three tablespoons dissolved in a glass of warm water is a homemade emetic
    type of:
    curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
    a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
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