• WordNet 3.6
    • n clyster an injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation; sometimes used for diagnostic purposes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clyster (Med) A liquid injected into the lower intestines by means of a syringe; an injection; an enema.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clyster An enema; an injection.
    • clyster To administer a rectal injection: same as clysterize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clyster klis′tėr a liquid injected into the intestines to wash them out
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. G. . fr. to wash off or out; akin to Goth. hlūtrs, pure, G. lauter,: cf. F. clystère,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. klyzein, to wash out.


In literature:

Long clysters of drinking are to be voided without doors.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Can you blood and give a clyster, spread a plaster, and prepare a potion?
"The Adventures of Roderick Random" by Tobias Smollett
Took a clyster in the morning and rose in the afternoon.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1663" by Samuel Pepys
He was the inventor of a new clyster apparatus.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
Rectal injections, clysters, or enemas as a rule should be lukewarm, and from 3 to 6 quarts are to be given at a time.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
As they had confidence in nobody, they treated the animals themselves, giving them purgatives and clysters.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
I was informed of a case, where solutions of mercurial ointment were used as a clyster every night for a month without success.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Moliere, in his seventeenth-century satires on the European medical profession, ridicules the excessive use of the clyster.
"Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Thomas P. Hughes
A common clyster is made of plain gruel strained, and a table-spoonful of oil or salt.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Broth, and throwing up Clysters of the same, and afterwards giving Opiates.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro