Definition of proctitis in English:


Pronunciation /präkˈtīdəs/ /prɑkˈtaɪdəs/


  • Inflammation of the rectum and anus.

    ‘Perianal infection with associated proctitis is common in homosexual men.’
    • ‘The differential diagnosis for this problem includes hemorrhoids, solitary rectal ulcer, diverticular bleeding, angiodysplasia, and proctitis.’
    • ‘Mesalamine suppositories are effective in maintaining remission in patients with proctitis.’
    • ‘In severe radiation proctitis, a short course of hydrocortisone foam enemas may be beneficial.’
    • ‘Crohn's disease and, more commonly, ulcerative colitis can involve the rectal area, presenting as proctitis or fistulae.’


Early 19th century from Greek prōktos ‘anus’+ -itis.