[ en-uh-muh ]
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  1. the injection of a fluid into the rectum to cause a bowel movement.

  2. the fluid injected.

  1. Also called enema bag . a rubber bag or other device for administering an enema.

Origin of enema

First recorded in 1675–85; from Late Latin, from Greek: “injection,” from en- en-2 + (h)e- (stem of hiénai “to send, throw”) + -ma, noun suffix

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/ (ˈɛnɪmə) /

nounplural -mas or -mata (-mətə) med
  1. the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels, medicate, or nourish

  2. the liquid so introduced

Origin of enema

C15: from New Latin, from Greek: injection, from enienai to send in, from hienai to send

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