Definition of rectum in English:

rectum

nounrectums, recta

  • The final section of the large intestine, terminating at the anus.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An abscess may form around the rectum and anus causing pain and swelling.’
    • ‘In many cases the bowel will continue to work as before, with stools passing through the bowel, rectum and anus.’
    • ‘When the disease affects only the rectum - the final portion of the bowel, it is known as proctitis.’
    • ‘The primary site of infection is the endocervix with secondary infection of the rectum or urethra.’
    • ‘These sores occur mainly on the genitals, anus or in the rectum, but also can form on the lips and in the mouth.’
    • ‘These swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and rectum are another source of rectal bleeding.’
    • ‘Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in and about the anus and lower rectum.’
    • ‘From an anatomical and surgical point of view, the rectum begins at the peritoneal reflection.’
    • ‘A probe is inserted in the rectum and the prostate looked at with ultrasound waves and any abnormal areas are sampled with a special needle.’
    • ‘The colon and the rectum are part of the large intestine, which is part of the digestive system.’
    • ‘Continence depends on functioning muscles and nerves in and around the rectum and anal canal.’
    • ‘Hemorrhoids occur when straining or pressure causes the veins in your rectum to swell and enlarge.’
    • ‘Your doctor may check your prostate by putting a finger into your rectum to feel the back of your prostate gland.’
    • ‘This instrument is carefully passed through the rectum (back passage) and into the colon.’
    • ‘Bacteria from the rectum can travel up the urethra and cause infections more easily.’
    • ‘The uterus may also press on the rectum causing constipation.’
    • ‘Hormone changes slow the passage of food through the gut, while the growing uterus can put pressure on the rectum.’

Origin

Mid 16th century from Latin rectum (intestinum) ‘straight (intestine)’.

Pronunciation

rectum

/ˈrɛktəm/