sitz bath

[sits, zits]


a chairlike bathtub in which the thighs and hips are immersed in warm water, usually as part of a therapeutic treatment.
the bath so taken.

Origin of sitz bath

1840–50; half adoption, half translation of German Sitzbad, equivalent to sitz(en) to sit1 + Bad bath1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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sitz bath


a bath in which the buttocks and hips are immersed in hot water, esp for therapeutic effects, as after perineal or pelvic surgery

Word Origin for sitz bath

half translation of German Sitzbad, from Sitz seat + Bad bath 1
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Word Origin and History for sitz-bath

1849, a hybrid, from German Sitzbad, literally "bath in a sitting position," with English bath for German Bad.

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Medicine definitions for sitz-bath

sitz bath

[sĭts, zĭts]


A device shaped like a chair in which one bathes in a sitting position, immersing only the hips and buttocks.
A bath taken in such a device especially for therapeutic reasons.
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