EXAMPLES | noun, plural rec·tums, rec·ta . [ rek-t uh] /ˈrɛk tə/ . Anatomy the comparatively straight, terminal section of the intestine, ending in the anus. Origin of rectum 1535–45; < New Latin rēctum ( intestīnum) the straight (intestine)
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Examples from the Web for recta Historical Examples of recta Recta is single yet, I saw her just before we left; but why did'nt you marry her?
Recta; young fellers will get a liking for it, and get ruined in that are way.
"May be she don't believe in signs, some don't," said
Recta says if she lives she will make a good housekeeper. Recta compressed her lips and Louise immediately changed her tactics. British Dictionary definitions for recta noun plural -tums or -ta ( -tə) the lower part of the alimentary canal, between the sigmoid flexure of the colon and the anus Word Origin for rectum
C16: shortened from New Latin
rectum intestinum the straight intestine
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Word Origin and History for recta n.
early 15c., from Latin
intestinum rectum "straight intestine," in contrast to the convolution of the rest of the bowels, from neuter past participle of regere "to straighten" (see regal). A loan-translation of Greek apeuthysmeon enteron, "the name given to the lowest part of the large intestine by Galen, who so called it because he dissected only animals whose rectum (in contradistinction to that of man) is really straight" [Klein].
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n. pl. rec•tums The terminal portion of the large intestine, extending from the sigmoid flexure to the anal canal.
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Plural rectums recta The last section of the digestive tract, extending from the colon to the anus, in which feces is stored for elimination from the body. Related forms rectal adjective
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The outermost portion of the
large intestine. Feces are stored in the rectum until they are passed out of the body through the anus.
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