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Definition of anus

: the posterior opening of the digestive tract

Examples of anus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Human studies have found that baby boys who were exposed to higher phthalate levels during fetal development had shorter distances between their anuses and genitals — a measure linked to lower testosterone levels and semen quality later in life. New York Times, "Avoid using certain types of plastic containers.," 17 Apr. 2020 Claims include licking and digitally penetrating his patients' vaginas without gloves, and fondling their breasts and anuses. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Manhattan D.A. investigating new allegations against Dr. Robert Hadden after Evelyn Yang interview," 20 Feb. 2020 He has been accused of licking and digitally penetrating patients’ vaginas without gloves, along with fondling their breasts and anuses. Alejandra Salazar,, "Dozens More Women Accuse Doctor Of Sexual Assault After Evelyn Yang Interview," 17 Feb. 2020 Wombats have roundish anuses, just like the rest of us mammals. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "BREAKING: Mystery of Square Wombat Poop Revealed," 20 Nov. 2018 Overall, then, evolution easily could have done a U-turn long ago and developed fancier folds around our anuses for rectal talking. Sam Kean, Slate Magazine, "Lessons on Flatulence From a Fart Artist," 24 July 2017 An estimated 80 million in the U.S. have HPV, which is usually cleared by the immune system but causes most cervical cancers and some cancers of the anus and throat. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Think virginity prevents HPV? Not necessarily, says study," 28 Dec. 2017 Now any penetration of the anus or vagina, no matter how slight, experienced by any person with any body part or object, can be classified as rape. Author: Danielle Sepulveres, Anchorage Daily News, "What’s the difference between sexual assault and harassment? Let’s break it down," 22 Dec. 2017 Backpacks were also popular hiding places (19 percent), followed by body orifices including vagina and anus (4 percent), and hair (2 percent). Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Music fans’ drugs turn up in the craziest places — from underwear to roasted chicken," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of anus

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anus

borrowed from Latin ānus "ring, anus," perhaps going back to an Indo-European base *h1eh2n-o-, whence also, with different suffixation, Old Irish áinne "ring," Armenian anur, genitive-dative anroy "ring, necklace, collar"

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The first known use of anus was in the 15th century

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“Anus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of anus

: the opening between a person's buttocks through which solid waste passes from the body


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Kids Definition of anus

: the lower opening of the digestive tract


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plural anuses or ani\ ˈā-​(ˌ)nī How to pronounce anus (audio) \

Medical Definition of anus

: the posterior opening of the digestive tract

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