rectum

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noun rec·tum \ˈrek-təm\

Definition of rectum

plural

rectums

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recta

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  1. :  the terminal part of the intestine from the sigmoid colon to the anus

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Origin and Etymology of rectum

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from rectum intestinum, literally, straight intestine


First Known Use: 15th century


RECTUM Defined for English Language Learners

rectum

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noun

Definition of rectum for English Language Learners

  • medical : the end of the tube in your body that helps digest food : the last part of the large intestine


RECTUM Defined for Kids

rectum

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noun rec·tum \ˈrek-təm\

Definition of rectum for Students

plural

rectums

also

recta

\-tə\
  1. :  the last part of the large intestine


Medical Dictionary

rectum

play
noun rec·tum \ˈrek-təm\

Medical Definition of rectum

plural

rectums

or

recta

\-tə\play
  1. :  the terminal part of the intestine from the sigmoid colon to the anus

Illustration of rectum


Learn More about rectum

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of rectum Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about rectum


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