adjective Anatomy.

pertaining to or involving the colon and rectum: colorectal cancer.

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of or relating to the colon and rectum
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Word Origin and History for colorectal

by 1918, from comb. form of colon (n.2) + rectal.

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colorectal in Medicine




Relating to the colon and the rectum, or to the entire large bowel.
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