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rectal

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adjective rec·tal \ˈrek-təl\

Simple Definition of rectal

  • medical : relating to, affecting, or located near the rectum

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rectal

  1. :  relating to, affecting, or being near the rectum <rectal walls> <rectal cancer>

rectally

adverb

1826

First Known Use of rectal

1826

Rhymes with rectal


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rectal

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adjective rec·tal \ˈrek-təl\

Medical Definition of rectal

  1. :  relating to, affecting, or being near the rectum <rectal bleeding>

rectally

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