retch has definitions from the fields of medicine,pathology
1
[ verb ] eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Examples

"After drinking too much, the students vomited" "He purged continuously" "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"

Used in print

(Alex Gordon, The Cipher....)

Hoag stumbled back into the hall , leaned_against the wall , and started to retch .

2
[ verb ] make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

Synonyms

heave gag

Related terms

vomit heave

3
[ noun ] (medicine,pathology) an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

Synonyms

heave

Examples

"a bad case of the heaves"

Related terms

spasm vomit

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