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sitz bath

[sits, zits]
  1. a chairlike bathtub in which the thighs and hips are immersed in warm water, usually as part of a therapeutic treatment.
  2. the bath so taken.
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Origin of sitz bath

1840–50; half adoption, half translation of German Sitzbad, equivalent to sitz(en) to sit1 + Bad bath1
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Historical Examples of sitz-bath

  • Let her take a sitz-bath of warm water, considerably salted.

    Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners

    B.G. Jefferis

  • Enamelled bath-tub, separate room for a shower, and a sitz-bath!

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • Ordered, when in sitz-bath the upper part of the body to be well rubbed.

  • Noon, douche, rubbing-sheet and sitz-bath; afternoon, packing-sheet and bath.

  • At night, a rubbing-sheet but no sitz-bath, as it is too late to walk after it.

British Dictionary definitions for sitz-bath

sitz bath

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

sitz bath

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