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[ rek-tl ]


  1. of, relating to, or for the rectum.


/ ˈrɛktəl /


  1. of or relating to the rectum

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Derived Forms

  • ˈrectally, adverb

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Other Words From

  • rectal·ly adverb
  • post·rectal adjective
  • pre·rectal adjective
  • sub·rectal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rectal1

First recorded in 1870–75; rect(um) + -al 1

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Example Sentences

Of those, 21 were hospitalized because of pain, mostly severe rectal pain.

That’s why it’s important to always get rectal bleeding checked out by your doctor.

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Both of these mechanisms may pose a problem for colon and rectal health.

Similarly, sweat rate increased and rectal temperature decreased after the lab protocol.

The report detailed such techniques as "rectal rehydration" and the use of coffin-size confinement boxes.

He did not mention rectal feeding, but perhaps he was not fully briefed.

“While IV infusion is safe and effective,” one officer wrote, rectal hydration could be used as a form of behavior control.

At least five detainees were subjected to “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration,” without any documented medical need.

One detainee was bent over for a rectal feeding that involved Ensure, the protein shake.

In the case of rectal ulcers, swabs can be made directly from the ulcerated surface.

Rec′toscope, a speculum for rectal examination; Rectot′omy, the operation for dividing a rectal stricture.

The same thing must be made clear to him as to intestinal and rectal crises.

Rectal examination is of aid in locating the head of the humerus.

The best and quickest means to effect this is to apply massage or give a rectal injection.


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