en·​e·​ma | \ ˈe-nə-mə How to pronounce enema (audio) \
plural enemas also enemata\ ˌe-​nə-​ˈmä-​tə How to pronounce enemata (audio) , ˈe-​nə-​mə-​tə How to pronounce enemata (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 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, "Rebiotix unveils positive — but preliminary — data on its microbiome drug for C. diff infections," 6 May 2020 In drugstores, grinning enemas helpfully guide those in gastrointestinal distress to the proper medicine. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, "From Japan, a Mascot for the Pandemic," 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, "Another patient files suit amid SF’s Laguna Honda Hospital abuse scandal," 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, "MGH scientists started screening for those kinds of bacteria in January. However, the hospital did not test capsules they’d already produced, researchers disclosed.," 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, "Massachusetts General Hospital oversaw trial that led to the first death from a fecal transplant, a new paper shows," 30 Oct. 2019 Now, a decade later, Acevedo has heard about lots of hyped alternative approaches for autism, most recently worrisome reports of parents giving their kids bleach drinks or enemas. Jacqueline Stenson, NBC News, "Why the focus of autism research is shifting away from searching for a 'cure'," 22 Sep. 2019 According to the autopsy report, the couple suffered respiratory failure and fluid accumulation in their lungs, with Day also suffering a cerebral enema, though the cause of the fatal episodes was not clear and toxicology results are still pending. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Colorado Couple Says They Became Violently Sick at Dominican Resort Where 3 Americans Died," 7 June 2019 Hutchins administered the enema to the baby after asking her mother for permission because the child seemed constipated, police believe. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Maryland Babysitter Allegedly Poisoned 6-Month-Old Girl With Enema Containing Lidocaine," 16 Apr. 2018

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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 Jul. 2020.

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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


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