Definition of rectum in English:


Syllabification: rec·tum
Pronunciation: /ˈrektəm

noun (plural rectums or recta /-tə/)

  • The final section of the large intestine, terminating at the anus.
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    • Cancer of the rectum may involve removing the whole rectum and anus.
    • This infection can affect the genitals, anus, rectum and throat, and can affect both men and women.
    • Besides providing support, these muscles control the action of the rectum and anus.


mid 16th century: from Latin rectum (intestinum) 'straight (intestine)'.

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