- any of several straight muscles, as of the abdomen, thigh, eye, etc.
Origin of rectus
1695–1705; < New Latin rēctus (musculus) straight (muscle)
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Examples from the Web for rectus
I shall never forget how I first became acquainted with Rectus.
Nearly a year before this time, Rectus had left the academy.
I was on the ground in a few moments, and then Rectus came down.
Said Rectus: "I guess they're going to put us out of the front door;" but he was mistaken.
"Kind o' sandwiched," remarked Rectus, who had a face like frozen brass.
- anatomy a straight muscle, esp either of two muscles of the anterior abdominal wall (rectus abdominis)
C18: from New Latin rectus musculus
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