- An example of an enema is a colon cleanse.
- An example of an enema is the barium liquid that is used to inspect your bowels during a medical procedure.
The definition of an enema is a process where liquid is forced into the rectum through the anus in order to cleanse or for medical purposes, or the liquid that is used for such a procedure.
nounpl. -·mas or -·ma·ta
- a liquid forced into the colon through the anus, as a purgative, medicine, etc.; clyster
- the forcing of a liquid into the colon in such a way
Origin of enemaLate Latin from Gr, injection from enienai, to send in from en-, in + hienai, to send: see jet
- 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.
- The fluid so injected.
Origin of enemaLate Latin from Greek from enīenai to send in, inject en- in ; see en- 2. hīenai to send ; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
(plural enemas or enemata)
OriginSee also: ę́nemą
From Ancient Greek ἔνεμα (enema, “injection, clyster”), from ἐνίημι (eniēmi, “to inject”).