co·​lo·​rec·​tal | \ ˌkō-lō-ˈrek-tᵊl How to pronounce colorectal (audio) \

Definition of colorectal

: relating to or affecting the colon and rectum colorectal cancer

Examples of colorectal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each year almost 137,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die from the disease. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 His mother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and his maternal grandmother died. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Stylists promote health surveys and screenings essential to detecting disparate outcomes in Black populations – from colorectal cancer to blood pressure screenings. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 There are some observational studies and clinical trials suggesting low vitamin D levels are connected to developing or dying from multiple types of cancer—including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer—as well as many that do not. Julie Stewart, SELF, 22 May 2021 Early prevention for colorectal cancer is shifting to even earlier. Darcel Rockett,, 20 May 2021 Jews also are at higher risk of carrying a mutation in the APC gene, increasing their risk for colorectal cancer. Renee Ghert-zand,, 20 May 2021 Awareness that colorectal cancer can pose a risk to people under 50 spiked in 2020 following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman in August. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2021 At the time she was diagnosed, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended people at average risk for colorectal cancer begin screening exams at 50 years old. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of colorectal

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of colorectal was in 1889

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7 Jun 2021

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“Colorectal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colorectal

medical : of or relating to the lower part of the large intestine : of or relating to the colon and the rectum


co·​lo·​rec·​tal | \ ˌkō-lə-ˈrek-tᵊl, ˌkäl-ə- How to pronounce colorectal (audio) \

Medical Definition of colorectal

: relating to or affecting the colon and the rectum colorectal cancer


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