rectal

adjective

rec·​tal ˈrek-tᵊl How to pronounce rectal (audio)
: relating to, affecting, or being near the rectum
rectal walls
rectal cancer
rectally adverb

Examples of rectal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That might mean a change in bowel movements, pelvic pressure or discomfort, bloating or rectal bleeding, said Dr. Richard Barakat, physician in chief and executive director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute, which operates 21 hospitals and 10 cancer centers in New York. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2024 People with symptoms of colon cancer, such as rectal bleeding, or a family history of the disease, would still need a colonoscopy. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 Chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, resulting in diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and abdominal pain, among other symptoms, is debilitating at worst and embarrassing at best. Katie Jackson, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Mar. 2024 Why is colorectal cancer increasing among young people? Colon and rectal cancers share many similarities and are typically lumped into one category, called colorectal cancer. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 Colon cancer is killing more young people than ever Even as overall cancer deaths are falling in the U.S., deaths among younger adults from colon and rectal cancers on the rise, according to the American Cancer Society. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 17 Jan. 2024 There are about 107,000 new cases of colon cancer and another 46,000 for rectal cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2024 Some are pills to be swallowed, others are dissolvable tablets placed in the cheek or under the tongue, and some are nasal sprays or gels for rectal administration. Jacob Pellinen, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2024 Scientists are continuing to investigate a drug that eliminated tumors in a very small trial of patients with rectal cancer in 2022. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rectal was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Rectal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectal. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

rectal

adjective
rec·​tal ˈrek-tᵊl How to pronounce rectal (audio)
: relating to, affecting, or being near the rectum
rectal bleeding
rectally adverb

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