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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. an enema.
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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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Historical Examples

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

    The Imaginary Invalid


  • What a misfortune not to take a clyster prescribed by Mr. Purgon!

  • A clyster which I have had the pleasure of composing myself.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for clyster


  1. med a former name for an enema
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Word Origin

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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clyster in Medicine


  1. An enema.
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