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Rectum

Rectum

Overview

The rectum is the final portion of the large intestine. It empties stool from the body through the anus.

Update Date 4/20/2015

Updated by: Subodh K. Lal, MD, Gastroenterologist with Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia, Austell, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.