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rectum

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noun, rec·tum \ˈrek-təm\

Simple Definition of rectum

  • medical : the end of the tube in your body that helps digest food : the last part of the large intestine

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rectum

plural rectums or recta play \-tə\

  1. :  the terminal part of the intestine from the sigmoid colon to the anus

Origin of rectum

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from rectum intestinum, literally, straight intestine


First Known Use: 15th century


RECTUM Defined for Kids

rectum

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noun rec·tum \ˈrek-təm\

Definition of rectum for Students

plural rectums also recta \-tə\

  1. :  the last part of the large intestine




Medical Dictionary

rectum

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noun rec·tum \ˈrek-təm\

Medical Definition of rectum

plural rectums or recta \-tə\play

  1. :  the terminal part of the intestine from the sigmoid colon to the anus



Illustration of rectum


Learn More about rectum

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "rectum" Spanish Central: Translation of "rectum" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "rectum"


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