Definition of proctology in English:

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Pronunciation: /präkˈtäləjē/


The branch of medicine concerned with the anus and rectum.
Example sentences
  • Colin was skilled over a wide field, though his particular interest was proctology, and it was with this that most of his published work was concerned.
  • He took up surgery after war service and trained in Birmingham, Worcester, and London, particularly St Mark's, where he developed an interest in proctology.
  • ‘As long as I don't end up in proctology,’ he laughs.



Pronunciation: /ˌpräktəˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • The lousy, unctuous toad is going to be ‘investigated’ (I hope that includes a proctological examination using a tractor).
  • He compared an appearance on shock jock Don Imus' radio program to a ‘proctological exam without the sexual chemistry.’
  • And why did the holodeck doors sound like an elephant getting a proctological exam from someone using a cold plumber's snake?


Pronunciation: /-jist/
Example sentences
  • Initially, the consultant proctologist at St. Margaret's Hospital was optimistic.
  • As the saying goes, you don't hire a proctologist to do brain surgery - even though they're both doctors, they have different specialties.
  • Borrowing the time-honored phrase used by proctologists the world over: You're going to feel some pressure.


Late 19th century: from Greek prōktos 'anus' + -logy.

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Syllabification: proc·tol·o·gy

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