clyster

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French clystere, or its source, Latin clyster, from Ancient Greek κλυστήρ (klustēr).

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NounEdit

clyster (plural clysters)

  1. (now rare) A medicine applied via the rectum; an enema or suppository
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, vol. I, New York 2001, p. 233-4:
      Cnelius a physician being sent for, found his costiveness alone to be the cause, and thereupon gave him a clyster, by which he was speedily recovered.
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