rectal

adjective
rec·​tal | \ ˈrek-tᵊl How to pronounce rectal (audio) \

Definition of rectal

: relating to, affecting, or being near the rectum rectal walls rectal cancer

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Other Words from rectal

rectally adverb

Examples of rectal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The American Cancer Society estimated in September that about 12%, or 18,000 cases, of colorectal cancers – which includes both colon and rectal cancer – would be diagnosed in people under the age of 50 in the United States. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'Today' anchor Craig Melvin's brother Lawrence Meadows dead at 43 of colon cancer," 15 Dec. 2020 As Inspector Katz spoke, tension in the room rose like the mercury in a rectal thermometer. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1415: The Year in Redo, Part 1," 17 Dec. 2020 During a digital rectal exam, her doctor felt that something wasn’t right and recommended another examination. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Marcia Cross Reveals the ‘Gnarly’ Side Effects of Her Anal Cancer Treatment," 23 Nov. 2020 Men over the age of 50 are generally recommended to get a DRE, digital rectal exam, on an annual basis from their general physician. Jeff Forward, Chron, "Pre-screening key to combating prostate cancer," 12 Nov. 2020 This is why prostate cancer screening (involving the PSA blood test or a rectal exam) is such an important tool. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Al Roker Reveals Prostate Cancer Diagnosis on ‘Today’—Here’s What to Know About the Disease," 6 Nov. 2020 Symptoms of colorectal cancer include a change in bowel movements, rectal bleeding, blood in the stool and abdominal pain. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Colorectal cancer may kill thousands of patients under 50 this year. New guidelines recommend to start screening earlier.," 27 Oct. 2020 The Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center launched last year in response to the increase in colon and rectal cancer cases among younger adults. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "US task force proposes starting colorectal cancer screening at age 45," 27 Oct. 2020 Colorectal cancer – which includes colon and rectal cancer – is expected to cause more than 50,000 deaths in 2020, including 3,640 deaths in people younger than 50, according to ACS. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Colorectal cancer may kill thousands of patients under 50 this year. New guidelines recommend to start screening earlier.," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rectal

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rectal was in 1826

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9 Jan 2021

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“Rectal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectal. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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rectal

adjective
How to pronounce rectal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rectal

medical : relating to, affecting, or located near the rectum

rectal

adjective
rec·​tal | \ ˈrek-tᵊl How to pronounce rectal (audio) \

Medical Definition of rectal

: relating to, affecting, or being near the rectum rectal bleeding

Other Words from rectal

rectally \ -​ē How to pronounce rectal (audio) \ adverb

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