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(klystḗr/klystḗrion, Lat. clyster/clysterium; also klŷsma/klysmós and éngklysma, derived from klýzein/ engklýzein, Lat. inicere: to pour, to rinse, and enetḗr/énema, from: eniénai: to inject) or clyster: pharmaceutical substance of, and device for, administering parenteral (in this case, often in combination with the adverb kátō or the verb hypoklýzein) or (in gynaecological treatises) vaginal injections of therapeutic solutions.

The instrument consisted of a flexible and compressible container (animal skin or bladder) with two opening…

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Touwaide, Alain (Madrid), “Enema”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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