anus [ ey-n uh s ] SHOW IPA / ˈeɪ nəs / PHONETIC RESPELLING WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of anus
First recorded in
1650–60, anus is from the Latin word ānus ring, anus
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British Dictionary definitions for anuses noun the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal Related adjective: anal Word Origin for anus
C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for anuses 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 anuses 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 anuses The opening at the lower end of the digestive tract through which solid waste is excreted. Related forms anal adjective
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Culture definitions for anuses
The opening through which
feces pass out of the body.
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