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rectus

[rek-tuh s]
noun, plural rec·ti [rek-tahy] /ˈrɛk taɪ/. Anatomy.
  1. 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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Historical Examples of rectus

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

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton

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

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton

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

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton

  • Rectus carried the rope, and I had the grapnel, wrapped in its cotton wool.

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  • He made no noise himself, but Rectus and I clumped a good deal.

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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)
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Word Origin for rectus

C18: from New Latin rectus musculus
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