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 According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Amy Fischer Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 18 July 2022 But follow-up studies showed that a particular infusion schedule improved the length of survival for men with colorectal cancer by nearly 40 percent, whereas the same schedule reduced survival for women by 25 percent. New York Times, 6 July 2022 Cancer of the uterus, also called endometrial cancer, is increasing so rapidly that it is expected to displace colorectal cancer by 2040 as the third most common cancer among women, and the fourth-leading cause of women’s cancer deaths. New York Times, 17 June 2022 All 14 participants of a recent experimental drug trial saw their colorectal cancer disappear, researchers revealed in a new study published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 8 June 2022 The highest risk of breakthrough infections was in people with pancreatic cancer (24.7%), liver cancer (22.8%), lung cancer (20.4%) and colorectal cancer (17.5%). cleveland, 8 June 2022 Tanaka had survived colorectal cancer and was living in a rest home. NBC News, 25 Apr. 2022 The highest rate of breakthrough infections were found in patients with pancreatic cancer (24.7%), liver cancer (22.8%), lung cancer (20.4%) and colorectal cancer (17.5%). Julie Washington, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 If caught early enough, colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of colorectal

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Colorectal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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