noun \ˈe-nə-mə\

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

plural enemas also ene·ma·ta \ˌe-nə-ˈmä-tə, ˈe-nə-mə-tə\

Full Definition of ENEMA

:  the injection of liquid into the rectum and colon by way of the anus
:  material for injection as an enema

Examples of ENEMA

  1. 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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noun \ˈen-ə-mə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural enemas also ene·ma·ta \ˌen-ə-ˈmät-ə, ˈen-ə-mə-tə\

Medical Definition of ENEMA

: the injection of liquid into the intestine by way of the anus (as for cleansing or examination)
: the liquid injected by an enema


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