anus

[ ey-nuh s ]
/ ˈeɪ nəs /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for anuses

anus

/ (ˈeɪnəs) /

noun

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

Word Origin for anus

C16: from Latin

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Word Origin and History for anuses

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 anuses

anus

[ ānəs ]

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

anus

[ ānəs ]

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 anuses

anus

[ (ay-nuhs) ]

The opening through which feces pass out of the body.

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