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[rek-tuh] /ˈrɛk tə/
a plural of rectum.


[rek-tuh m] /ˈrɛk təm/
noun, plural rectums, recta
[rek-tuh] /ˈrɛk tə/ (Show IPA).
the comparatively straight, terminal section of the intestine, ending in the anus.
Origin of rectum
1535-45; < New Latin rēctum (intestīnum) the straight (intestine) Unabridged
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  • Mrs. recta says if she lives she will make a good housekeeper.

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  • recta compressed her lips and Louise immediately changed her tactics.

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  • In writing recte for recta (see note on p. xxxviii), he has certainly committed an error by a slip of the pen.

  • Omnes tacito quodam sensu, sine ulla arte aut ratione, qu sint in artibus ac rationibus, recta et prava dijudicant.

  • "'Tween you and me, I want fur tu git married afore night," he was saying, when recta suddenly sprang to her feet in dire dismay.

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  • At such times Daddy was the chief speaker, and recta never wearied of listening to his wonderful stories.

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  • recta actio non erit, nisi recta fuit voluntas, ab hac enim est actio.

  • recta looked down confusedly, twirled her thumbs, and finally answered in a constrained tone, "I belong to the church."

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  • He tried to speak, but a spasm of pain checked him, and recta bent low to catch the words.

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  • Here recte is miswritten for recta, clearly because the scribe was still thinking of the latter syllable of the preceding sponte.

British Dictionary definitions for recta


a plural of rectum


noun (pl) -tums, -ta (-tə)
the lower part of the alimentary canal, between the sigmoid flexure of the colon and the anus
Word Origin
C16: shortened from New Latin rectum intestinum the straight intestine
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Word Origin and History for recta



early 15c., from Latin intestinum rectum "straight intestine," in contrast to the convolution of the rest of the bowels, from neuter past participle of regere "to straighten" (see regal). A loan-translation of Greek apeuthysmeon enteron, "the name given to the lowest part of the large intestine by Galen, who so called it because he dissected only animals whose rectum (in contradistinction to that of man) is really straight" [Klein].

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recta in Medicine

rectum rec·tum (rěk'təm)
n. pl. rec·tums or rec·ta (-tə)
The terminal portion of the large intestine, extending from the sigmoid flexure to the anal canal.

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recta in Science
Plural rectums or recta
The last section of the digestive tract, extending from the colon to the anus, in which feces is stored for elimination from the body.

rectal adjective
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recta in Culture

rectum definition

The outermost portion of the large intestine. Feces are stored in the rectum until they are passed out of the body through the anus.

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