: adjacent to the rectum
used especially of a gland in certain mollusks that secretes a fluid which turns purple on exposure to light
see tyrian purple

Word History


ad- + rectal

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adrectal was in 1883

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“Adrectal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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