rectum

noun
rec·​tum | \ ˈrek-təm How to pronounce rectum (audio) \
plural rectums or recta\ ˈrek-​tə How to pronounce recta (audio) \

Definition of rectum

: the terminal part of the intestine from the sigmoid colon to the anus

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Feces are stored in the colon, which is where the rectum highway leads. Zoë Ligon, Allure, "9 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Anal," 5 Nov. 2018 He was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP), which covered his entire diaphragm, intestines, bladder, stomach, and rectum. Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, "Burn Pit Veterans share their stories of struggle after falling ill," 18 July 2018 That's because the rectum can suck things inside the body like a vacuum (unlike the vaginal canal, which ends with the cervix). Zoë Ligon, Allure, "9 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Anal," 5 Nov. 2018 Syphilis: This bacterial infection proceeds in stages starting with painless sores on the genitals, rectum, or mouth, then eventually transforming into a rash that may come along with issues like fever or a sore throat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "These Are the Only Kinds of Birth Control That Also Protect Against STIs," 27 July 2018 Alcohol is associated with cancers of the mouth and throat, larynx, esophagus, colon and rectum, liver and breast, according to the CDC. Joel Achenbach, The Seattle Times, "A huge clinical trial collapses, and research on alcohol remains befuddling," 6 Aug. 2018 The Emiratis told the victims to undress and lie down — and then spread their legs open, touched their genitals and probed their rectums. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "Yemeni prisoners say Emirati officers sexually torture them," 21 June 2018 Large or hard poop can fill the rectum and put more pressure on the bladder, which can cause nighttime bed-wetting and even daytime accidents. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "7 ways to bed-wetting to rest for your child," 2 July 2018 The colon is the large intestine, which is a tube in the abdomen about 5 feet long that helps move solid stool from the small intestine to the rectum. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of rectum

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rectum

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from rectum intestinum, literally, straight intestine

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rectum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rectum

medical : the end of the tube in your body that helps digest food : the last part of the large intestine

rectum

noun
rec·​tum | \ ˈrek-təm How to pronounce rectum (audio) \
plural rectums also recta\ -​tə \

Kids Definition of rectum

: the last part of the large intestine

rectum

noun
rec·​tum | \ ˈrek-təm How to pronounce rectum (audio) \
plural rectums or recta\ -​tə How to pronounce recta (audio) \

Medical Definition of rectum

: the terminal part of the intestine from the sigmoid colon to the anus

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