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A plural of rectum.
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(Anatomy) a plural of rectum
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(ˈrɛk təm)

n., pl. -tums, -ta (-tə).
the terminal section of the large intestine, ending in the anus.
[1535–45; < New Latin rēctum (intestīnum) the straight (intestine)]
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pl de rectum
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References in classic literature ?
"I have told him a dozen times,--for after all one ought to tell the truth to an honest clerk, and what I call an honest clerk is one like that little fellow who gives us "recta" his ten francs on New-Year's day,--I have said to him again and again: The more you work the more they'll make you work, and they won't promote you.
Mittal, "Recta foreign bodies: a case report and review of the literature," International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, vol.
CEuvres completes, tome 7: La droite imposition des noms (De recta nominum impositione).
"La distancia mas corta entre dos puntos es la linea recta que los une, y por lo tanto era la opcion mas economica era construir una carretera y para el transporte futuro", dijo el alcalde de Puno, Julian Salas.