One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the anus and rectum.
- ‘Fewer than 1% of malignant melanomas occur in the anorectal region, and patients with these tumours are usually seen by surgeons with no special experience of these rare lesions.’
- ‘A careful history focusing on the nature of the pain and its relationship to bowel movements frequently provides the diagnosis of pain in the anorectal area.’
- ‘Patients frequently present with anorectal pain and lesions.’
- ‘During evacuation, the anorectal junction moves down and backwards and the pelvic floor usually descends slightly.’
- ‘A thorough physical examination should be performed to detect and evaluate all anorectal lesions.’
Late 19th century: from French ano-rectal, from Latin ano- (combining form of anus) + rectal (see rectal).
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