A stream of water directed at any part of the body or any body cavity, often into the vagina, for cleansing or medicinal purposes. A douche can be with a simple solution of vinegar in water. Some commercial douche solutions have somewhat more romantic names than vinegar (names such as Country Flowers, Fresh Baby Powder, Fresh Mountain Breeze, Spring Rain Freshness, etc.). Douching has been done for many, many years. However, there is currently concern that it may sometimes cause problems. It may mask, or even worsen, conditions such as bacterial or yeast infection of the vagina. Even more seriously, douching is associated with an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It is also associated with an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy (probably due to PID). "Douche" is the French word for "shower." French, being a Latin language, took the word from the Latin — from ducere, ductum, meaning to lead or conduct (water).
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1. A current of water, gas, or vapor directed against a surface or projected into a cavity. 2. An instrument for giving a d.. 3. To apply a d.. [Fr. fr. doucher, to pour]

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douche 'düsh n
1 a) a jet or current of liquid (as a cleansing solution) directed against or into a bodily part or cavity (as the vagina)
b) an act of cleansing with a douche
2) a device for giving douches
douche vb, douched; douch·ing vt to administer or apply a douche to vi to take a douche

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a forceful jet of water used for cleaning any part of the body, most commonly the vagina. A vaginal douche is extremely unreliable as a method of contraception.

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(dsh) [Fr.] a stream of water or gas directed against a part of the body or into a cavity.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Douche — aménagée dans une baignoire et équipée d un pare douche. Une douche est un jet d eau dirigé sur le corps qui est généralement pratiqué pour des raisons d hygiène ou dans un but thérapeutique. Par métonymie, une douche désigne l équipement ou l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • douche — DOUCHE. s. fém. Épanchement de certaines eaux chaudes et minérales qu on fait tomber de haut sur une partie malade pour la soulager, pour la guérir. Donner la douche. Recevoir la douche. Prendre la douche …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Douche — Douche, n. [F., fr. It. doccia, fr. docciare to flow, pour, fr. an assumed LL. ductiare, fr. L. ducere, ductum, to lead, conduct (water). See {Duct}.] 1. A jet or current of water or vapor directed upon some part of the body to benefit it… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • douche — [du:ʃ] n [C usually singular] [Date: 1700 1800; : French; Origin: Italian doccia water pipe ] a mixture of water and something such as ↑vinegar, that a woman puts into her ↑vagina to wash it, or the object that she uses to do this >douche v [I …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • douche — [ duʃ ] noun count a method of washing inside a part of someone s body, especially a woman s VAGINA, using a narrow stream of liquid a. the object used to perform a douche …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • douche — (n.) 1766, jet of water, from Fr. douche (16c.), from It. doccia shower, from docciare to spray, from L. ductionem a leading, from ducere to lead (see DUKE (Cf. duke) (n.)). Meaning vaginal cleansing is from 1833. The verb is first attested 1838 …   Etymology dictionary

  • douche — ► NOUN 1) a shower of water. 2) a jet of liquid applied to part of the body for cleansing or medicinal purposes. 3) a device for washing out the vagina as a contraceptive measure. ► VERB 1) spray or shower with water. 2) use a contraceptive… …   English terms dictionary

  • douche — [do͞osh] n. [Fr < It doccia, shower bath, orig., conduit, back form. < doccione, water pipe < L ductio, a leading away < ductus: see DUCT] 1. a jet of liquid applied externally or internally to some part of the body, esp. as a bath or …   English World dictionary

  • Douche — (fr., spr. Dusch), 1) Ausflußröhre eines Wasserbehältnisses; 2) (Douchebad), Wasserstrahl, den man an einem Theil des Körpers anströmen läßt, um demselben ein Bad zu appliciren, s.u. Bad I. c) b). Daher Douchiren, übertröpfen, übergießen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Douche — Douche, s. Dusche …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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