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

Definition of rectal

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

Other Words from rectal

rectally adverb

Examples of rectal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not as dirty as a rectal palpitation mishap, mind you, but dirty nonetheless. Dalton Ross,, 5 May 2022 Kelly was accused of asking inappropriate questions of students and subjected many to needlessly invasive procedures, such as rectal examinations. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 Anti-nausea medicines may also be given by injection or by rectal suppository. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2022 Mimicking holding your pee tackles the tailbone and public bone muscles, while pretending to stop gas will target the rectal muscles (which go across the sitting bones). Tiffany Ayuda,, 3 Mar. 2022 Many survivors said Anderson fondled them during routine medical exams and performed unnecessary rectal and genital exams, the Washington Post reported. Anna Kaplan, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Those who suffer from ulcerative colitis experience bouts of abdominal pain, fever, rectal bleeding, weight loss and more. Ebony Williams, ajc, 15 Apr. 2022 Lewis noted that many of his cancer cases begin after ymptoms like rectal bleeding are dismissed as hemorrhoids. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Mar. 2022 Common colon cancer symptoms to look out for include rectal bleeding, persistent abdominal pain or fullness, and unexplained weakness. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rectal

1826, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2022

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“Rectal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of rectal for Spanish Speakers


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