rectum

noun
rec·​tum | \ ˈrek-təm How to pronounce rectum (audio) \
plural rectums or recta\ ˈrek-​tə How to pronounce rectum (audio) \

Definition of rectum

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

Examples of rectum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mauricio Torres is accused of shoving a stick in his son's rectum, causing an infection that led to the boy's death. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, "Third trial scheduled for Torres in murder case," 12 Mar. 2021 The colon and rectum make up the lower part of the digestive tract, or large intestine. Anne Grauel, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Health Department: March is colorectal cancer awareness month," 21 Mar. 2021 Colorectal cancer, which includes both cancers of the colon and the rectum, is the fourth most common type of cancer and third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Zoe Saldana Wants You to Talk to Your Family About Colon Cancer," 10 Mar. 2021 According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control, the test is performed with a very long sterile cotton swab that is inserted up to two inches into the rectum before being gently rotated out. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, "Japan Asks China For Anal Swab Covid-19 Test Exemption For Travelers," 4 Mar. 2021 Receiving an anal swab test typically entails inserting a cotton swab about 2 inches into the rectum and rotating. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Official says China gave US diplomats anal coronavirus swabs 'in error' as CCP claims no such tests happened," 25 Feb. 2021 Colorectal cancer: Screening can find precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum and remove them, or find and treat early-stage cancer. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, "Regular health tests can prolong your life," 22 Feb. 2021 Temperatures can be taken via the skin, mouth, rectum, armpit or ear. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Think your normal temperature is 98.6? Maybe not (and why that's important)," 7 Dec. 2020 Symptoms in rabbits include: lethargy, high fever, seizures, jaundice, bleeding from nose, mouth, or rectum, difficulty breathing, and sudden death. Outdoor Life, "A Deadly Virus Is Spreading Among Wild Rabbits and Hares. Wildlife Agencies Are Calling on Hunters for Help," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of rectum

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rectum

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

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The first known use of rectum was in the 15th century

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5 Apr 2021

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“Rectum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectum. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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rectum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rectum

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

rectum

noun
rec·​tum | \ ˈrek-təm How to pronounce rectum (audio) \
plural rectums also recta\ -​tə \

Kids Definition of rectum

: the last part of the large intestine

rectum

noun
rec·​tum | \ ˈrek-təm How to pronounce rectum (audio) \
plural rectums or recta\ -​tə How to pronounce rectum (audio) \

Medical Definition of rectum

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

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