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

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Your pain is severe and comes with a fever, rectal bleeding, nausea, and/or vomiting. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 In a spring 2005 section of a year-long introductory course on physical examinations taught by Dr. Strampel, for example, a male model hired for students to practice prostate and rectal exams didn’t show up. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Larry Nassar’s Boss at Michigan State Said in 2016 That He Didn’t Believe Sex Abuse Claims," 19 Mar. 2018 Signs of colorectal cancer may include a change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, that lasts more than a few days; rectal bleeding; and cramping or abdominal pain. Author: Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Colorectal cancer screening should start at age 45, American Cancer Society says," 30 May 2018 Any questions related to chronic abdominal pain should be referred to a gastroenterologist or colon and rectal specialist. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018 One night, there was a great deal of concern because the rectal thermometer was saying her temperature was over 105 degrees ., "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 1 June 2018 Most people should start screening tests for colon and rectal cancers at age 45, rather than waiting for age 50, as long recommended, the American Cancer Society said Wednesday. Kim Painter, USA TODAY, "Start colon cancer screening at 45, not 50, American Cancer Society urges," 30 May 2018 In 2018, the cancer society estimates about 140,000 colon and rectal cancers will be diagnosed, and about 50,000 people will die of the disease. Marie Mccullough,, "American Cancer Society urges colon cancer screening starting at 45, not 50," 30 May 2018 Diverticulitis can be accompanied by either diarrhea or constipation, and more rarely rectal bleeding. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rectal

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


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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