rectus

[rek-tuh s]

Origin of rectus

1695–1705; < New Latin rēctus (musculus) straight (muscle)
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Historical Examples of rectus

  • I shall never forget how I first became acquainted with Rectus.

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    Frank R. Stockton

  • Nearly a year before this time, Rectus had left the academy.

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    Frank R. Stockton

  • I was on the ground in a few moments, and then Rectus came down.

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    Frank R. Stockton

  • Said Rectus: "I guess they're going to put us out of the front door;" but he was mistaken.

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    Frank R. Stockton

  • "Kind o' sandwiched," remarked Rectus, who had a face like frozen brass.

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    Frank R. Stockton


British Dictionary definitions for rectus

rectus

noun plural -ti (-taɪ)
  1. anatomy a straight muscle, esp either of two muscles of the anterior abdominal wall (rectus abdominis)

Word Origin for rectus

C18: from New Latin rectus musculus
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