sitz bath

\ ˈsits- How to pronounce sitz bath (audio) \

Definition of sitz bath

: a tub in which one bathes in a sitting posture also : a bath so taken especially therapeutically

Examples of sitz bath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hemorrhoids can be pretty responsive to over-the-counter creams, an ice pack, soaking in a sitz bath, or using a suppository with corticosteroid creams to alleviate pain and swelling. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 10 Mar. 2022 One small study even suggests that bidets may even prompt some muscle relaxation, though most people seeking that sort of comfort might be better off opting for a sitz bath or a long soak in a tub of warm water. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of sitz bath

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sitz bath

partial translation of German Sitzbad, from Sitz act of sitting + Bad bath

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“Sitz bath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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sitz bath

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Medical Definition of sitz bath

1 : a tub in which one bathes in a sitting posture
2 : a bath in which the hips and buttocks are immersed in hot water for the therapeutic effect of moist heat in the perineal and anal regions


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