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Enema vs. Suppository

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Enemanoun

An injection of fluid into the rectum, usually for medical purposes.

Suppositorynoun

(medicine) A medicine in the form of a small plug that is inserted into a bodily cavity, especially the rectum, vagina or urethra, where it melts at body temperature.

Enemanoun

The fluid so injected.

Suppositorynoun

A pill or bolus for introduction into the rectum; esp., a cylinder or cone of medicated cacao butter.

Enemanoun

An injection, or clyster, thrown into the rectum as a medicine, or to impart nourishment.

Suppositorynoun

a small plug of medication designed for insertion into the rectum or vagina where it melts

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Enemanoun

injection of a liquid through the anus to stimulate evacuation; sometimes used for diagnostic purposes

Suppository

A suppository is a dosage form used to deliver medications by insertion into a body orifice where it dissolves or melts to exert local or systemic effects. There are three types of suppositories, each to insert into a different sections: Rectal suppositories into the rectum, vaginal suppositories into the vagina, and urethral suppositories into the urethra of a male.

Enema

An enema, also known as a clyster, is an injection of fluid into the lower bowel by way of the rectum. Also, the word enema can refer to the liquid so injected, as well as to a device for administering such an injection.In standard medicine, the most frequent uses of enemas are to relieve constipation and for bowel cleansing before a medical examination or procedure; also, they are employed as a lower gastrointestinal series (also called a barium enema), to treat traveler's diarrhea, as a vehicle for the administration of food, water or medicine, as a stimulant to the general system, as a local application and, more rarely, as a means of reducing temperature, as treatment for encopresis, and as a form of rehydration therapy (proctoclysis) in patients for whom intravenous therapy is not applicable.In other contexts, enemas are used by some alternative health therapies, used for enjoyment, chiefly as part of sexual activities, but also in sadomasochism, as well as simply for pleasure, used to intoxicate with alcohol, used to administer drugs for both recreational and religious reasons, and used for punishment.

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