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rectus

[rek-tuh s] /ˈrɛk təs/
noun, plural recti
[rek-tahy] /ˈrɛk taɪ/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy.
1.
any of several straight muscles, as of the abdomen, thigh, eye, etc.
Origin of rectus
1695-1705
1695-1705; < New Latin rēctus (musculus) straight (muscle)
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  • I shall never forget how I first became acquainted with rectus.

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  • Nearly a year before this time, rectus had left the academy.

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  • I was on the ground in a few moments, and then rectus came down.

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  • rectus carried the rope, and I had the grapnel, wrapped in its cotton wool.

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  • He made no noise himself, but rectus and I clumped a good deal.

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  • Said rectus: "I guess they're going to put us out of the front door;" but he was mistaken.

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  • rectus and I didn't care much about doing this, but Corny insisted on it.

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  • rectus now gave his throat a little clearing, and pushed off.

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  • "Kind o' sandwiched," remarked rectus, who had a face like frozen brass.

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  • So we got up and thanked him, and he shook hands with us, rectus and all, and we came away.

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British Dictionary definitions for rectus

rectus

/ˈrɛktəs/
noun (pl) -ti (-taɪ)
1.
(anatomy) a straight muscle, esp either of two muscles of the anterior abdominal wall (rectus abdominis)
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin rectus musculus
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