Definition of proctitis in US English:

proctitis

noun

Medicine
  • Inflammation of the rectum and anus.

    • ‘Mesalamine suppositories are effective in maintaining remission in patients with proctitis.’
    • ‘Crohn's disease and, more commonly, ulcerative colitis can involve the rectal area, presenting as proctitis or fistulae.’
    • ‘Perianal infection with associated proctitis is common in homosexual men.’
    • ‘The differential diagnosis for this problem includes hemorrhoids, solitary rectal ulcer, diverticular bleeding, angiodysplasia, and proctitis.’
    • ‘In severe radiation proctitis, a short course of hydrocortisone foam enemas may be beneficial.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Greek prōktos ‘anus’ + -itis.

Pronunciation

proctitis

/präkˈtīdəs//prɑkˈtaɪdəs/