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The thermometer section is too extensive. I think it should be narrowed down to a sentence or two.

what does the rectum do?

Well the rectum stores waste thats what it does.

Explanation added.

Note: this article contains text from the public domain 1918 edition of Gray's Anatomy.


I disagree with the etymology given for rectum. Its original name was rectum intestinum - which does mean "the straight intestine" - the reason being that in certain animals (those dissected by Galen and followers) it is straight.

Semi-protected edit request on 15 November 2016[edit] (talk) 17:29, 15 November 2016 (UTC) (the mussles contract to push the waste out)

Not done - they are muscles and the article already explains that - Arjayay (talk) 17:39, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Human-centric tag[edit]

I just tagged this article with the {{Human-centric}} template— I am pretty certain that many different kinds of animals have rectums (recta?) other than humans, and that an article on "Rectums" should cover the part more generally or else be renamed "Human rectum" and a new article started under "Rectum" that has a broader perspective as mentioned in the tag. KDS4444 (talk) 04:16, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Feel free to start an article called "Rectums in other animals" You can than add a summary section here at the end and link to it. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:07, 27 April 2017 (UTC)