Definition of rectal in US English:

rectal

adjective

  • attributive Relating to or affecting the rectum.

    ‘rectal cancer’
    • ‘A fiber-rich diet may also play a part in lowering your risk of colon and rectal cancer.’
    • ‘These swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and rectum are another source of rectal bleeding.’
    • ‘Rectal examination is essential if the medical history suggests a disorder in the lower abdomen, pelvis, lower rectal or anal region.’
    • ‘The tumour is often palpable on rectal or abdominal examination, and malignant ascites may also be evident.’
    • ‘There are other research findings on prevention of colon and rectal cancer.’
    • ‘If these growths go untreated, you have an almost certain chance of developing colon and rectal cancer.’
    • ‘Symptoms are similar to those of prostate enlargement, and on rectal examination the gland is felt to be very hard and irregular.’
    • ‘Fifteen percent of colorectal cancers can be detected by digital rectal examination.’
    • ‘Clearly rectal cancer surgery represents a greater technical challenge than colonic surgery.’
    • ‘The management of a sexually acquired rectal discharge parallels that of urethritis.’
    • ‘Six months ago, at the age of 39, I was diagnosed as having rectal cancer.’
    • ‘If a hemorrhoid begins to stick out, gently push it back into the rectal canal.’
    • ‘Many of these symptoms may be due to another condition, such as piles or even rectal or bowel cancer, so it is important to see your GP as soon as possible.’
    • ‘It leads to multiple rectal and colon cancers in early adulthood for almost all of those affected by the condition.’
    • ‘Prostate enlargement is confirmed by a rectal examination with a finger.’
    • ‘Not everyone needs to be tested for precancerous polyps and colon and rectal cancer.’
    • ‘In addition, high fruit intake was associated only with a reduction in rectal cancer.’
    • ‘The two treatment groups had different risks of developing rectal cancer but not of developing cancer elsewhere in the colon.’
    • ‘She frequently had abdominal pain and cramping, hard stools, and rectal pain and pressure.’
    • ‘If you have colon or rectal cancer, you may require this surgery to remove your lower colon and rectum.’

Pronunciation

rectal

/ˈrekt(ə)l//ˈrɛkt(ə)l/