One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- archaic term for enema
- ‘Since at least the days of Hippocratic hygiene, and until at least the mid nineteenth century, the Western medical profession urged the regular prophylactic use of emetics and clysters.’
- ‘The remedies which they use are large clysters, whereby they void store of windiness.’
Late Middle English: from Old French clystere or Latin clyster, from Greek klustēr ‘syringe’, from kluzein ‘wash out’.
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