Meaning of rectocele in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɛktə(ʊ)siːl/


  • A prolapse of the wall between the rectum and the vagina.

    ‘An enterocele differs from a rectocele in that it is a true hernia, lined by peritoneum and usually containing small bowel.’
    • ‘Pelvic organ prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, and uterine prolapse) and anal incontinence are also troublesome sequelae of vaginal delivery.’
    • ‘Videodefecography is specifically designed to evaluate evacuatory disorders such as rectal prolapse and rectocele.’
    • ‘A rectocele can cause fullness in the rectum, giving the patient a similar sensation to an internal hemorrhoid.’
    • ‘Women with poor vaginal tone, a shallow vaginal shelf, rectocele, or cystocele may not be able to use the device effectively.’


Mid 19th century from rectum+ -cele.