clys-, -clys

(Greek: to wash; washing)

A reference to a cataclysm.
cataclysmic (adjective), more cataclysmic, most cataclysmic
1. Pertaining to a great and general flood of water, a deluge: "The cataclysmic rain showers have altered the physical situations in the country because so many people have lost their homes and their living conditions have been devastated."
2. Figuratively, a political or social upheaval that sweeps away the old order of things: "The cataclysmic terror attacks have caused great changes in the social structures of the country."
3. A reference to sudden and violent upheavals or disasters that cause great changes in people's lives: "The severe flooding of a certain country was one cataclysmic disaster, but then the same territory suffered more cataclysmic sufferings from an extreme drought that destroyed crops and caused starvation for thousands of people."
clysis (singular), clyses (plural)
1. Injection of fluid into the body other than orally. Fluid may be injected into tissue spaces, the rectum, or the abdominal cavity. This technique is used to inject fluids parenterally when venipuncture is not possible. Parentarally refers to any medication route other than the alimentary canal; such as, intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular, or mucosal.
2. An infusion of fluid, usually subcutaneously, for therapeutic purposes.
3. Formerly, a fluid enema, later, the washing out of material from any body space or cavity by fluids by injection or lavage (a washing; especially, in medicine as in the washing out of a bodily organ).
An enema.
Of, pertaining to, or produced by, a deluge or inundation.
Washing off, carrying away by the rushing of waters; washing, cleansing; to clean.
1. A medicine injected into the rectum, to empty or cleanse the bowels, to afford nutrition, etc.; an injection, enema; sometimes, a suppository; an old term for enema.
2. The pipe or syringe used in injection; a clyster-pipe.
3. A contemptuous name for a medical practitioner.
1. To treat with a clyster.
2. To inject (a medicine) as with a clyster.
In radiography of the small intestine, filling by introduction of contrast medium through a catheter advanced into the duodenum or jejunum from above.
hypodermoclysis, hypodermatoclysis
1. Subcutaneous injection of a saline or other solution.
2. The injection of nutrient fluids under the skin in the collapse resulting from cholera or other exhausting diseases.
Irrigation of the abdominal cavity.
Intravenous injection of an isotonic solution of dextrose or other substances in quantity; venoclysis.
Washing out of the pleural cavity.
Slow continuous administration of saline solution by instillation into the rectum and sigmoid colon; rectoclysis.

Related "wash" words: balneo-; lav-; luto-; plyno-.