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 In severe ulcerative colitis, a procedure called a proctocolectomy, which removes your colon and rectum, can help relieve symptoms, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Ashley Abramson, SELF, 18 Apr. 2022 Proctosigmoiditis: This is inflammation that affects both the rectum and the sigmoid colon, which is the lower end of the colon. Kathryn Watson, SELF, 24 Mar. 2022 Some of the Jane Does in the lawsuit said that Broadbent put his fingers in their rectum, surprising them and causing pain. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 Lucky volunteers start by undergoing a bowel cleansing protocol, which is followed by the insertion of a balloon into the rectum. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 21 Aug. 2020 And take off, Omar, you animal rectum obsessed Canadian! Dalton Ross, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2022 Some people might feel cramps in other areas too, like their bowel and rectum. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 19 Jan. 2022 Finally, Vision would need an artificial rectum to dispel waste products. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2021 Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation in the digestive tract, anywhere from your mouth to the opening of your rectum, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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29 Apr 2022

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“Rectum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectum. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for rectum

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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