co·​lon·​ic | \ kō-ˈlä-nik How to pronounce colonic (audio) , kə- How to pronounce colonic (audio) \

Definition of colonic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the colon of the intestine



Definition of colonic (Entry 2 of 2)

: irrigation of the colon : enema

Examples of colonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In general, the people who seek colonic hydrotherapy are often those who suffer from constipation. Julie Schott, The Cut, "If You Want Clear Skin, Look at Your Poop," 19 Mar. 2018 Yet, colonic irrigation methods and the unfounded notion that toxin build-up in your body from foods (auto-intoxication) have lingered for centuries. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "In “triumph of ignorance,” Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop touts $135 coffee enema," 6 Jan. 2018 After 13 weeks, the researchers screened the pigs’ colonic tissue for markers tied to colon cancer., "This Purple Veggie May Help Ward Off Colon Cancer," 25 Sep. 2017 Doctors sometimes test colonic transit time for diagnostic purposes using high-tech markers and imaging tools. Mary Allen, Allure, "8 Things to Know About Your Poop," 6 Sep. 2017 The diet didn't work, the colonic irrigation didn't work. Paul Theroux, Town & Country, "A Royal Pain," 17 June 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Vulgar Man gives Too Much Information about his herbal colonic at the dinner table. A.e. Stallings, WSJ, "‘Characters’ Review: You Know the Types," 7 Dec. 2018 Starting this month, there will be various programming and panel discussions surrounding topics like gut health, birthing, natural beauty, and food combining with specialists that range from a colonics expert to nutrition author Daphne Oz. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Delicious Vegan Bodega Just Opened in the West Village—Here's What to Try First," 1 Oct. 2018 In the detox guide, Alejandro Junger, M.D., is credited as the person originally recommending the device in a previous article about colonics. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Seriously, There's No Reason to Do a Coffee Enema," 12 Jan. 2018 His Gravity colonic uses the natural pull of gravity to introduce non-pressurized water into the body from a tank raised above the table. Crystal Martin, The Cut, "Forget Bridal Boot Camp With These 7 Non-Workouts," 12 Apr. 2018 Coffee enemas and colonics have long been considered a popular-yet-wacky alternative wellness remedy. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Seriously, There's No Reason to Do a Coffee Enema," 12 Jan. 2018 But other experts dispute those claims, saying that there's truly no need to give yourself a coffee enema or colonic literally ever. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Seriously, There's No Reason to Do a Coffee Enema," 12 Jan. 2018 But whether colonics are necessary or even safe is up for debate. Karyn Repinski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Are Colonics Back?," 23 Feb. 2016 In a moment of gastrointestinal intimacy, the colonic hydrotherapist told me to chew some of my vegetables, particularly green peppers, more vigorously. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "The Diet of the Future Will Be Designed Just For You," 28 Apr. 2016

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co·​lon·​ic | \ kō-ˈlän-ik, kə- How to pronounce colonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of colonic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the colon



Medical Definition of colonic (Entry 2 of 2)

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