Definition of rectal in US English:

rectal

adjective

  • attributive Relating to or affecting the rectum.

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

Pronunciation

rectal

/ˈrɛkt(ə)l//ˈrekt(ə)l/