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Definition of Irrigation of the colon

Irrigation of the colon: The use of liquid solutions given by enema to remove material from the rectum or colon, ostensibly to eliminate toxins from the bowel. Unless ordered by a physician, irrigation of the colon is rarely advisable. Irrigation of the colon carries a number of risks, including interference with the normal digestive process and perforation. Also known as colonic irrigation and high colonics.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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