- 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
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Examples from the Web for clyster
Item, the clyster repeated in the evening, as above, thirty sous.
A clyster which I have had the pleasure of composing myself.
What a misfortune not to take a clyster prescribed by Mr. Purgon!
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
- med a former name for an enema
C14: from Greek klustēr, from kluzein to rinse
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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).
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- An enema.
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