Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

rectum

play
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

Full Definition of rectum

plural rectums or rec·ta 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


Medical Dictionary

rectum

play
noun rec·tum \ˈrek-təm\

Medical Definition of rectum

plural rectums or rec·ta \-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"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rectum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ