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.
- 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.
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