noun (plural rectums or recta /-tə/)
The final section of the large intestine, terminating at the anus.
More example sentences
- 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)'.