from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or situated near the rectum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or connected with the rectum or straight gut: as, rectal parts or organs; rectal disease, operation, instrument; rectal action, evacuation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the rectum; in the region of the rectum.

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  • adjective Of -, via - or related to the rectum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or involving the rectum


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  • You know kind of like Farah Fawcett did when she went to Germany (which by the way has universal health care) to see one of the top specialists in rectal cancer.

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  • But they are more than happy to talk about a certain rectal ministration they performed on participants at a 'wellness camp' overseen by fitness guru Susan Powter for an upcoming episode of their reality show, 'The Simple Life.'

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  • – like anal fissures, anal warts, HIV and other STD infections through the thin rectal lining – or perhaps the pleasure of sado masochistic activity.

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  • Fever may be defined as a rectal temperature above 37°C in the morning, and above 37°5C in the evening.

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  • They are known as the rectal columns [Morgagni] (Fig. 1078), and are separated from one another by furrows (rectal sinuses), which end below in small valve-like folds, termed anal valves, which join together the lower ends of the rectal columns.

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  • Its posterior portion passes to the side of the rectum; it forms a loose sheath for the rectum, but is firmly attached around the anal canal; this portion is known as the rectal layer.

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  • It is associated with less pain and faster healing time but also has a greater risk of recurrence and for the development of a condition known as rectal prolapse, in which part of the rectum protrudes from the anus.


  • These include the oral thermometer, which has a long and slender bulb and is used for taking temperature in the mouth or under the arm; rectal, which is short and blunt with a fat bulb; the electronic thermometer, which is battery operated, portable and used in a variety of areas; the disposable thermometer, which has a sensor strip at the end of a piece of cardboard and is designed to be used once; and the patch, with a sensor strip that can be pasted onto the forehead.

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  • For example, in missed or delayed colorectal cancer cases, patients often showed up with some kind of rectal bleeding, a usual sign that further testing is needed, but was not performed, says Ms. Puopolo.

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  • While there is no scientific evidence as to why men avoid doctors, many physicians attribute it to a macho culture which equates doctor visits with weakness, reluctance to undergo tests such as rectal and prostate exams and fear of finding out that something might be wrong.

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