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co·​lon·​ic kō-ˈlä-nik How to pronounce colonic (audio) kə- How to pronounce colonic (audio)
: of or relating to the colon of the intestine


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: irrigation of the colon : enema

Examples of colonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Little is known about the type and amount of gas produced by the infant's colonic microflora and whether diet influences gas formation. Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Coffee might stimulate this colonic motor activity within minutes of consuming it, based on the limited available research, Staller said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 Drug-Free Relief Through a Vibrating Pill Vibrant works by enhancing colonic motility by adding some mechanical help to the body's biological clock. Korin Miller, Health, 10 Feb. 2023 Sound baths, colonic hydrotherapy and salt saunas all also featured in the top trending treatments of this year, with searches having increased by 83% for each. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 Ironically, one way to make the material in your colon as dangerous as colonic practitioners claim is to blast it with water. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2014 The fact that the syndrome invariably abated on descent leads us to postulate a mechanism whereby the victim is afflicted by the expansion of colonic gas at the decreased atmospheric pressure of high altitude. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 7 Nov. 2014 His death was disclosed only on Wednesday, with the cause given as colonic cancer. Mark Schilling, Variety, 7 Sep. 2022 Kellogg was big on the benefits of colonic irrigation. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022
This new outpost offers a few additional treatments including colonics and energy healings — which incorporate techniques such as hypnosis and sound therapy. Eimear Lynch Monica Khemsurov Kurt Soller Gisela Williams Caitie Kelly Elissa Suh, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 The average three-to-seven stay at We Care Spa includes meditation sound healing, nutrition classes, yoga, colonics and spa treatments like a full-body castor oil wrap on a heated amethyst mat that includes scalp, neck, shoulder. Beth Landman, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2024 In both cases, caffeine can stimulate digestive secretions and colonic contractions, Volpe says. Karen Asp, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2023 The participants received a colonoscopy or colonic surgery for primary colorectal cancer soon after. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 30 May 2023 The entire program here is based on juice fasting—oh, and colonics. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, 1 Mar. 2023 Sort of a carburetor high-colonic. Ray Magliozz, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2020 Until Moscow takes a massive colonic, one that can cleanse its bloated system of evil, lies, extortion, cheating, hacking, war crimes and narcissism, never again. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 Court records show the victims sought colonics, massage therapy, and homeopathic and holistic treatment from Nash at Fountains of Youth Renewal Center near Saguaro and Palisades boulevards in Fountain Hills. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, 3 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1884, in the meaning defined above


1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colonic was in 1884

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“Colonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
co·​lon·​ic kō-ˈlän-ik, kə- How to pronounce colonic (audio)
: of or relating to the colon


2 of 2 noun
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