enema


noun Medicine/Medical.

  1. the injection of a fluid into the rectum to cause a bowel movement.
  2. the fluid injected.
  3. Also called enema bag. a rubber bag or other device for administering an enema.

noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə) med

  1. the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels, medicate, or nourish
  2. the liquid so introduced
n.

early 15c., via Medieval Latin, from Greek enema “injection,” from enienai “to send in, inject,” from en “in” (see en- (2)) + hienai “send” (cognate of Latin iacere; see jet (v.)).

n. pl. en•e•mas

  1. The injection of liquid into the rectum through the anus for cleansing, for stimulating evacuation of the bowels, or for other therapeutic or diagnostic purposes.
  2. The fluid so injected.

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