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[klis-ter] /ˈklɪs tər/
noun, Medicine/Medical.
an enema.
Origin of clyster
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek klystēr, equivalent to *klyd- (base of klýzein to rinse out; cf. cataclysm) + -tēr agent noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for clyster
Historical Examples
  • Thus have you heard how the ass was found by means of a clyster; it is a manifest fact, and one that often happens.

  • Item, the clyster repeated in the evening, as above, thirty sous.

  • He was the inventor of some new instruments and of a clyster apparatus.

    Medieval Medicine James J. (James Joseph) Walsh
  • Two head-baths from ten to fifteen minutes each, and one clyster.

    Every Man his own Doctor R. T. Claridge
  • Our modern medical writers ascribe great virtues to tobacco-water, injected into the womb by means of a clyster.

  • A clyster of tobacco-smoke may be thrown up as a last resort.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • Sometimes by change of posture, or by an opiate either taken into the stomach, or by a clyster.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • A wretch, unpleasant to everybody; of nauseous, dirty habits; always a clyster or a dose of physic in his body.

  • The clyster given the Child last evening operated very well.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • Molière, in his seventeenth-century satires on the European medical profession, ridicules the excessive use of the clyster.

British Dictionary definitions for clyster


(med) a former name for an enema
Word Origin
C14: from Greek klustēr, from kluzein to rinse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clyster

from French clystère (Old French clistre, 13c.) or directly from Latin clyster, from Greek klyster, from klyzein "to wash out" (see cloaca).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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clyster in Medicine

clyster clys·ter (klĭs'tər)
An enema.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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