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anus

[ey-nuh s] /ˈeɪ nəs/
noun, plural anuses. Anatomy
1.
the opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal, through which the solid refuse of digestion is excreted.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin ānus ring, anus
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British Dictionary definitions for anuses

anus

/ˈeɪnəs/
noun
1.
the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal related adjective anal
Word Origin
C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for anuses

anus

n.

"inferior opening of the alimentary canal," 1650s, from Old French anus, from Latin anus "ring, anus," from PIE root *ano- "ring." So called for its shape; cf. Greek daktylios "anus," literally "ring (for the finger)," from daktylos "finger."

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anuses in Medicine

anus a·nus (ā'nəs)
n. pl. a·nus·es
The opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste is eliminated from the body. Also called anal orifice, fundament.

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anuses in Science
anus
  (ā'nəs)   
The opening at the lower end of the digestive tract through which solid waste is excreted.

anal adjective
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anuses in Culture
anus [(ay-nuhs)]

The opening through which feces pass out of the body.

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Encyclopedia Article for anuses

anus

terminal opening of the anal canal, the portion of the digestive tract through which fecal material is excreted. See also rectum.

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