Origin of proctology

First recorded in 1895–1900; procto- + -logy
Related formsproc·to·log·ic [prok-tl-oj-ik] /ˌprɒk tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, proc·to·log·i·cal, adjectiveproc·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of proctology

  • The idea of “flying commercial” is, to committee chairs and the like, about as attractive as a proctology exam.

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British Dictionary definitions for proctology


  1. the branch of medical science concerned with the rectum
Derived Formsproctological (ˌprɒktəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveproctologist, noun

Word Origin for proctology

from Greek prōktos rectum + -ology
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Word Origin and History for proctology

1896, from Greek proktos "anus," from PIE *prokto- + -logy "study of." Related: Proctologist (1897).

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proctology in Medicine


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus.
Related formsproc′to•logic (-tə-lŏjĭk) adj.proc•tolo•gist n.
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proctology in Science


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus.
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