- the injection of a fluid into the rectum to cause a bowel movement.
- the fluid injected.
- Also called enema bag. a rubber bag or other device for administering an enema.
Origin of enema
1675–85; < Late Latin < Greek: injection, equivalent to en- en-2 + (h)e- (stem of hiénai to throw) + -ma noun suffix
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The most noticeable are the gigantic Megalosoma and Enema, armed with horns.The Andes and the Amazon
- the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels, medicate, or nourish
- the liquid so introduced
Word Origin for enema
C15: from New Latin, from Greek: injection, from enienai to send in, from hienai to send
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- The injection of liquid into the rectum through the anus for cleansing, for stimulating evacuation of the bowels, or for other therapeutic or diagnostic purposes.
- The fluid so injected.
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