enema

noun
en·​e·​ma | \ ˈe-nə-mə How to pronounce enema (audio) \
plural enemas also enemata\ ˌe-​nə-​ˈmä-​tə How to pronounce enema (audio) , ˈe-​nə-​mə-​tə How to pronounce enema (audio) \

Definition of enema

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 in a Sentence

The nurse gave the patient an enema.
Recent Examples on the Web An aggressive treatment such as an enema should only be administered after a consultation with a veterinarian. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2021 There is more fingertip-grazing in The World to Come, sandwiched between extreme hog-killing, a molasses-and-lard enema, and a blizzard of historic proportions. Aaron Hicklin, Town & Country, 2 Mar. 2021 More advanced cases may need to be treated with an enema or suppository, but this process is usually above the paygrade of the owner. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2021 The drug, which is delivered as an enema, significantly reduced the number of people who had diarrhea within eight weeks of their treatment, which is one sign that a C. difficile infection may be recurring, the company said. Kate Sheridan, STAT, 6 May 2020 In drugstores, grinning enemas helpfully guide those in gastrointestinal distress to the proper medicine. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2020 John Doe claims a hospital staffer took a photograph of him receiving an enema and text messaged it to other employees. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, 27 Jan. 2020 Several clinical trials have shown that the transplants, which involve giving a person stool collected from a healthy donor in a pill or as an enema, can cure this often stubborn condition. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Oct. 2019 Several clinical trials have shown that fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs), which involve giving person stool collected from a healthy donor in a pill or as an enema, can cure this often stubborn condition. Kate Sheridan, STAT, 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of enema

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enema

Late Latin, from Greek, from enienai to inject, from en- + hienai to send — more at jet

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“Enema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enema. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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enema

noun

English Language Learners 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

enema

noun
en·​e·​ma | \ ˈen-ə-mə How to pronounce enema (audio) \
plural enemas also enemata\ ˌen-​ə-​ˈmät-​ə How to pronounce enema (audio) , ˈen-​ə-​mə-​tə How to pronounce enema (audio) \

Medical Definition of enema

1 : the injection of liquid into the rectum and colon by way of the anus (as for cleansing or examination)
2 : the liquid injected by an enema

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