One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- archaic term for enema
- ‘The remedies which they use are large clysters, whereby they void store of windiness.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French clystere or Latin clyster, from Greek klustēr ‘syringe’, from kluzein ‘wash out’.
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