Simple Definition of enema
medical : a procedure in which liquid is forced into the intestines through the anus in order to make solid waste pass from the body; also : the liquid that is used for an enema
Full Definition of enema
plural enemas also ene·ma·ta play \ˌe-nə-ˈmä-tə, ˈe-nə-mə-tə\
1 : the injection of liquid into the rectum and colon by way of the anus
2 : material for injection as an enema
Examples of enema
The nurse gave the patient an enema.
Origin of enema
Late Latin, from Greek, from enienai to inject, from en- + hienai to send — more at jet
First Known Use: 15th century
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