clys·​ter ˈkli-stər How to pronounce clyster (audio)
: enema

Examples of clyster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to these mechanisms, when impotence depended on the state of the muscular fibers, treatment included a tepid bath and a clyster. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2012

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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French clistere, from Latin clyster, from Greek klystēr, from klyzein to wash out; akin to Welsh clir pure, Old English hlūtor clean

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clyster was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Clyster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


clys·​ter ˈklis-tər How to pronounce clyster (audio)
: enema
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