Definition for recta (2 of 2)
noun, plural rec·tums, rec·ta [rek-tuh] /ˈrɛk tə/. Anatomy.
Origin of rectum
Examples from the Web for recta
In writing recte for recta (see note on p. xxxviii), he has certainly committed an error by a slip of the pen.
Recta actio non erit, nisi recta fuit voluntas, ab hac enim est actio.
Here recte is miswritten for recta, clearly because the scribe was still thinking of the latter syllable of the preceding sponte.
Sometimes a very little licence is sufficient to convert the oratio obliqua into the recta.
Recta compressed her lips and Louise immediately changed her tactics.Little Wolf|M. A. Cornelius
British Dictionary definitions for recta (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for recta (2 of 2)
noun plural -tums or -ta (-tə)
Word Origin for rectum
Word Origin and History for recta
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].