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[boo-jee, -zhee, boo-zhee] /ˈbu dʒi, -ʒi, buˈʒi/
  1. a slender, flexible instrument introduced into passages of the body, especially the urethra, for dilating, examining, medicating, etc.
  2. a suppository.
a wax candle.
1745-55; < French, after Bougie (< Arabic Bujāyah), town in Algeria, center of the wax trade Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bougie


/ˈbuːʒiː; buːˈʒiː/
(med) a long slender semiflexible cylindrical instrument for inserting into body passages, such as the rectum or urethra, to dilate structures, introduce medication, etc
Word Origin
C18: from French, originally a wax candle from Bougie (Bujiya), Algeria
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Word Origin and History for bougie

"wax candle," 1755, from French bougie "wax candle," from Bugia, Algeria, (Arabic Bijiyah), a town with a long-established wax trade.

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bougie in Medicine

bougie bou·gie (bōō'zhē, -jē)
A cylindrical instrument, usually somewhat flexible and yielding, used for calibrating or dilating constricted areas in tubular organs, such as the urethra or rectum.

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Encyclopedia Article for bougie


town, Mediterranean port, northeastern Algeria. The town lies at the mouth of the Wadi Soummam. Sheltered by Mount Gouraya (2,165 feet [660 m]) and Cape Carbon, it receives an annual average rainfall of 40 inches (1,000 mm) and is surrounded by a fertile plain. The older town, built on the mountain slope, descends to the French-built sector spread along the road to Algiers and containing the business and industrial quarters

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