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rectus

[ rek-tuhs ]
/ ˈrɛk təs /
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noun, plural rec·ti [rek-tahy]. /ˈrɛk taɪ/. Anatomy.
any of several straight muscles, as of the abdomen, thigh, eye, etc.
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Origin of rectus

1695–1705; <New Latin rēctus (musculus) straight (muscle)
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British Dictionary definitions for rectus

rectus
/ (ˈrɛktəs) /

noun plural -ti (-taɪ)
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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