Definition of enema in English:

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enema

Pronunciation: /ˈɛnɪmə/

noun (plural enemas or enemata /ɪˈnɛmətə/)

A procedure in which liquid or gas is injected into the rectum, to expel its contents or to introduce drugs or permit X-ray imaging.
Example sentences
  • A barium enema is a procedure, done through a special x-ray, for examining the large bowel.
  • No further deaths have been reported after procedures requiring barium enemas.
  • Barium enema, like colonoscopy, examines the whole colon and rectum, and, although it is cheaper and has a lower complication rate than colonoscopy, it is invasive and requires full bowel preparation.

Origin

Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek, from enienai 'send or put in', from en- 'in' + hienai 'send'.

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  • This comes via late Latin from Greek, from enienai ‘send or put in’, from en- ‘in’ and hienai ‘send’.

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