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Definition of anus

: the posterior opening of the digestive tract

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Among these, about 80 percent of cases affect the mouth and throat, while others occur in the anus and penis. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About HPV—Including What Your Doc Won't Tell You," 14 Dec. 2017 The anus lacks vocal cords, of course, but those are nothing special, just flaps to help keep food and water out of our airways; the anal sphincter can buzz like a trumpeter’s mouth anyway, which is almost as good. Sam Kean, Slate Magazine, "Lessons on Flatulence From a Fart Artist," 24 July 2017 An infection with this common virus, which is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact, can cause cancer in several areas of the body, including the throat, anus, penis and vagina. Susan Scutti, CNN, "One in nine American men has oral HPV, study finds," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of anus

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anus

Latin, ring, anus; perhaps akin to Old Irish ánne ring

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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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Medical Definition of anus

: the posterior opening of the digestive tract

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