clyster

[klis-ter]

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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clyster

noun
  1. med a former name for an enema

Word Origin for clyster

C14: from Greek klustēr, from kluzein to rinse
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Word Origin and History for clyster
n.

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

clyster

[klĭstər]
n.
  1. An enema.
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