anus

[ey-nuh s]
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noun, plural a·nus·es. Anatomy.

the opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal, through which the solid refuse of digestion is excreted.

Nearby words

  1. anuran,
  2. anuresis,
  3. anuretic,
  4. anuria,
  5. anurous,
  6. anuszkiewicz,
  7. anvers,
  8. anvil,
  9. anxiety,
  10. anxiety disorder

Origin of anus

First recorded in 1650–60, anus is from the Latin word ānus ring, anus

añu

or a·nu, an·yu

[ah-nyoo]

noun

a twining herb, Tropaeolum tuberosum, of the nasturtium family, found in the Andes, having edible tubers and large flowers with yellow petals and red spurs.
the tuber of this plant.

Origin of añu

From Quechua

Anu

[ah-noo]

noun

the Akkadian god of heaven.

-anus

a suffix occurring in scientific words of Latin origin: Platanus.

Origin of -anus

< Latin -ānus; see -an

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British Dictionary definitions for anus

anus

noun

the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canalRelated adjective: anal

Word Origin for anus

C16: from Latin

Anu

noun

Babylonian myth the sky god

ANU

abbreviation for

Australian National University
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Word Origin and History for anus

anus

n.

"inferior opening of the alimentary canal," 1650s, from Old French anus, from Latin anus "ring, anus," from PIE root *ano- "ring." So called for its shape; cf. Greek daktylios "anus," literally "ring (for the finger)," from daktylos "finger."

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Medicine definitions for anus

anus

nəs]

n. pl. a•nus•es

The opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste is eliminated from the body.anal orifice fundament

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Science definitions for anus

anus

nəs]

The opening at the lower end of the digestive tract through which solid waste is excreted.
Related formsanal adjective

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Culture definitions for anus

anus

[(ay-nuhs)]

The opening through which feces pass out of the body.

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