Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. The fluid so injected.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An injection of fluid into the rectum, usually for medical purposes.
  • n. The fluid so injected.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An injection, or clyster, thrown into the rectum as a medicine, or to impart nourishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. enemata (enem′ a-tä). In medicine, a quantity of fluid injected into the rectum; a clyster; an injection.
  • n. [capitalized] In entomology, a genus of scarabæoid beetles, founded by Hope in 1837. There are about 6 Mexican and North American species.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation; sometimes used for diagnostic purposes

Etymologies

Late Latin, from Greek, from enīenai, to send in, inject : en-, in; see en-2 + hīenai, to send; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἔνεμα ("injection, clyster"), from ἐνίημι ("to inject"). (Wiktionary)

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  • medicamento líquido que se introduce en el cuerpo por el ano con un instrumento adecuado para impelerlo, y sirve por lo común para limpiar y descargar el vientre; operación de introducir tal líquido; utensilio con que se realiza

    October 23, 2007