co·​lo·​rec·​tal ˌkō-lō-ˈrek-tᵊl How to pronounce colorectal (audio)
: relating to or affecting the colon and rectum
colorectal cancer

Examples of colorectal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s what experts had to say about the new research, and how to determine the best colorectal cancer screening for you. Sherri Gordon, Health, 21 May 2024 The rates of young onset colorectal cancer are rising in very many different parts of the world. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 20 May 2024 According to the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics, colorectal cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death for men under 50, and the second-leading cause of cancer death for women under 50. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 Those factors could contribute to a person’s risk for colorectal cancer. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 14 May 2024 Similarly, three in a million teens ages 15 to 19 were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1999 compared with 13 in every million teens in 2020. Katie Camero, SELF, 10 May 2024 People in the generally obese group had a 10% higher risk of colorectal cancer.1 The other groups had a small but not significant increase in their risk of colorectal cancer. Lauryn Higgins, Health, 7 May 2024 People under 50 are developing colorectal cancer, before an age when previous standards had called for screening. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 6 May 2024 Millennials today are twice as likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer as those born in 1950. Kelly Mickle, TIME, 2 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of colorectal was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Colorectal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


co·​lo·​rec·​tal ˌkō-lə-ˈrek-tᵊl, ˌkäl-ə- How to pronounce colorectal (audio)
: relating to or affecting the colon and the rectum
colorectal cancer
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