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 This particular kink generally refers to receiving pleasure from receiving an enema, although there are those who get off on administering enemas as well. Angie Jones, Glamour, 17 Mar. 2022 Your doctor may also prescribe an enema, a rectal laxative that can spur bowel movements. Cat Lafuente, Health.com, 9 Feb. 2022 So it's usually smoked, ingested in the form of snuff, or used as an enema by those seeking the full hallucinogenic effect. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 Jan. 2022 You may also be asked to fast for a period of time and use an enema to flush out anything that remains in your colon (which, honestly, may not even feel like it’s possible). Rebecca Joy Stanborough, SELF, 7 Jan. 2022 An internal bath is an enema, which has real medical value. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2021 And then there’s the funnel with a red-hot lead enema. Erik Hedegaard, Rolling Stone, 16 Oct. 2021 Many of these customers also appreciate the enema and Sitz-bath features of the BB-2000. Hannah Sherk, Health.com, 7 Sep. 2021 An aggressive treatment such as an enema should only be administered after a consultation with a veterinarian. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2021 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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