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 However, the head of the National Cancer Institute has warned that Americans’ delays in screening, diagnoses and treatment because of the pandemic could lead to as many as 10,000 more deaths from breast and colorectal cancer in the next decade. Linda Searing, Houston Chronicle, "Five kinds of health appointments you should consider keeping, despite the pandemic," 8 July 2020 The cancers for which the most human data are available are colorectal, breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancer. Leah Groth,, "9 Vitamin D Benefits You Should Know—and How to Get More in Your Diet," 25 June 2020 Alaska Native people are diagnosed with colorectal or colon cancer at the highest rates in the world. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic or no, preventive care is a must," 9 June 2020 More than 52,000 deaths are attributed to colorectal cancer every year. NBC News, "10,000 more cancer deaths predicted because of COVID-19 pandemic," 26 May 2020 Many community events are held across Alaska to promote cancer screenings in March, which is designated as colorectal cancer month. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic or no, preventive care is a must," 9 June 2020 Nauen's tumor continues to shrink, and he was told surgery that – fingers crossed – could cure his colorectal cancer would happen in less than a month. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "'I'm smiling under here': Masks, plexiglass and questions the norm as hospitals lure patients back in COVID-19 era," 4 June 2020 Once a colorectal surgeon, Eyring agreed to be barred from renewing his medical license in 2012, about five years after Utah’s professional licensing division investigated him for patient treatment, state records show. USA Today, "‘You could see the train wreck coming’: Inexperienced, dubious companies among many aiming to cash in on coronavirus antibody tests," 2 June 2020 The surgeon advised having the operation performed at USC’s Keck Hospital, which boasts one of the state’s best colorectal cancer surgery teams. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Cancer surgery amid COVID-19? Good luck with that, insurer says," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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12 Jul 2020

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“Colorectal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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