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[koh-luh-rek-tl] /ˌkoʊ ləˈrɛk tl/
adjective, Anatomy
pertaining to or involving the colon and rectum:
colorectal cancer.
Origin of colorectal Unabridged
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Examples from the web for colorectal
  • In other cancer risks, screening tests for prostate cancer and colorectal cancer found nothing suspicious, the report says.
  • Due to your age, you are more at risk for colorectal cancer.
  • Treatment for colorectal cancer includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
  • These tests can find precancerous polyps and colorectal cancers at stages early enough for complete removal and cure.
  • They are both useful in detecting hidden blood in the stool, and are mainly used for colorectal cancer screening.
  • Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have a slightly higher risk for colorectal cancer.
British Dictionary definitions for colorectal


of or relating to the colon and rectum
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Word Origin and History for colorectal

by 1918, from comb. form of colon (n.2) + rectal.

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colorectal in Medicine

colorectal co·lo·rec·tal (kō'lə-rěk'təl)
Relating to the colon and the rectum, or to the entire large bowel.

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