noun, plural proc·tos.Informal.
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Origin of procto
Definition for procto (2 of 2)
Origin of procto-
WORDS THAT USE PROCTO-
What does procto- mean?
Procto- comes from the Greek prōktós, meaning “anus.”
What are variants of procto-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, procto- becomes proct-, as in proctalgia.
Examples of procto-
The procto- portion of the word refers to anus and the rectum. The -logy portion of the word is used to name sciences, studies, or bodies of knowledge. Proctology literally means “study of the rectum and anus.”
What are some words that use the combining form procto- or proct-?
What are some other forms that procto- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters procto- or proct- is necessarily using the combining forming procto- to denote “anus.” Proctor is one example. Learn the very different history and meaning of proctor at our entry for the word.