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[en-uh-muh] /ˈɛn ə mə/
noun, Medicine/Medical
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.
1675-85; < Late Latin < Greek: injection, equivalent to en- en-2 + (h)e- (stem of hiénai to throw) + -ma noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enemas
  • Physical cleansing, such as using enemas, does not have an appreciable effect on your intestinal flora.
  • He scoffed at attempts to probe his mind, and was convinced that the medical staff had an unhealthy obsession about enemas.
  • Laxatives, and sometimes enemas, are used to remove fecal impaction.
  • If constipation or fecal impaction contributes to fecal incontinence, usually laxatives and enemas are of little help.
  • They go to two different spas that feature enemas and spiritual cleansing.
  • Taking coffee or chamomile enemas regularly to remove toxins from the body.
  • Physicians may try to remove contaminated food still in the gut by inducing vomiting or by using enemas.
  • Coffee enemas are also included as part of the detoxification process.
British Dictionary definitions for enemas


noun (med) (pl) -mas, -mata (-mətə)
the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels, medicate, or nourish
the liquid so introduced
Word Origin
C15: from New Latin, from Greek: injection, from enienai to send in, from hienai to send
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Word Origin and History for enemas



early 15c., via Medieval Latin, from Greek enema "injection," from enienai "to send in, inject," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + hienai "send" (cognate of Latin iacere; see jet (v.)).

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enemas in Medicine

enema en·e·ma (ěn'ə-mə)
n. pl. en·e·mas

  1. 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.

  2. The fluid so injected.

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