Definition of rectocele in English:

rectocele

noun

Medicine
  • A prolapse of the wall between the rectum and the vagina.

    • ‘A rectocele can cause fullness in the rectum, giving the patient a similar sensation to an internal hemorrhoid.’
    • ‘Women with poor vaginal tone, a shallow vaginal shelf, rectocele, or cystocele may not be able to use the device effectively.’
    • ‘Pelvic organ prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, and uterine prolapse) and anal incontinence are also troublesome sequelae of vaginal delivery.’
    • ‘Videodefecography is specifically designed to evaluate evacuatory disorders such as rectal prolapse and rectocele.’
    • ‘An enterocele differs from a rectocele in that it is a true hernia, lined by peritoneum and usually containing small bowel.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from rectum + -cele.

Pronunciation:

rectocele

/ˈrektōˌsēl/