Rectum meaning

rĕktəm
The terminal portion of the large intestine, extending from the sigmoid colon to the anal canal.
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The lowest, or last, segment of the large intestine, extending, in humans, from the sigmoid flexure to the anus.
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The terminal portion of the large intestine, extending from the sigmoid colon to the anal canal.
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The last section of the digestive tract, extending from the colon to the anus, in which feces is stored for elimination from the body.
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(anatomy) The terminal part of the large intestine through which feces pass.
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Origin of rectum

  • Middle English from Latin (intestīnum) rēctum straight (intestine) neuter of rēctus reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin rectum, abbreviation of Latin rectum intestinum (“the straight intestine"), rectum, neuter of rectus (“straight"). See right.

    From Wiktionary