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 Gear failed to perform a rectal exam, which fell below the standard of care, the board found. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Former doctor to Hacienda patient surrenders his medical license," 14 Nov. 2019 Among Americans in their 40s, colon cancer rates have gone up by 1.3% per year since the mid-1990s, and rectal cancer rates have increased by 2.3% per year since the early 1990s, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute said. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Newer guidelines call for colonoscopies 5 years earlier, many insurances cover costs," 28 July 2019 Redmond also allegedly conducted three medical exams of students in St. Kitts that included inappropriate genital and/or rectal exams, the report said. Dave Collins, courant.com, "Report: Yale professor sexually assaulted 5 students," 20 Aug. 2019 Redmond also allegedly conducted three medical exams of students in St. Kitts that included inappropriate genital and/or rectal exams, the report said. Washington Post, "Report: Yale professor sexually assaulted 5 students," 20 Aug. 2019 Abductions, all-out war and rectal experimentation abound. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Irvine-based UFO group marks 50 years of watching the skies," 26 June 2019 Oral Veillonella boosted rodent endurance on the treadmill, and rectal administration of propionate did so as well. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Elite Athletes’ Gut Bacteria Give Rodent Runners a Boost," 24 June 2019 For instance, 20 percent of men who get rectal gonorrhea will contract HIV within five years, according to Oregon Health Authority data. oregonlive.com, "Spike in Multnomah County HIV cases tied to drug use," 20 June 2019 There’s no connection between the rectal canal and the vaginal pouch. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Can You Get Pregnant From Anal Sex? The Answer Might Surprise You," 12 June 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rectal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectal. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for rectal

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 rectally (audio) \ adverb

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