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Jargon: Emesis (The act of vomiting)

Emesis: the medical term for vomiting. Enjoy your breakfast!

This one was appropriated by the Latiners from the Greek emein, which simply means “to vomit”. It has been tracked all the way back to Proto-Indo-European, whose ancient root *weme- means “to spit, vomit”. In a hospital, a barf bowl is known as an “emesis basin”. It sounds like it should belong to an Ancient Greek fountain.

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