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ˈrɛk təˌsilrec·to·cele

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  1. rectocele, proctocelenoun

    protrusion or herniation of the rectum into the vagina; can occur if pelvic muscles are weakened by childbirth


  1. rectocelenoun

    A hernia of the rectum into the vagina


  1. Rectocele

    In gynecology, a rectocele ( REK-tə-seel) or posterior vaginal wall prolapse results when the rectum bulges (herniates) into the vagina. Two common causes of this defect are childbirth and hysterectomy. Rectocele also tends to occur with other forms of pelvic organ prolapse, such as enterocele, sigmoidocele and cystocele.Although the term applies most often to this condition in females, males can also develop it. Rectoceles in men are uncommon, and associated with prostatectomy.


  1. rectocele

    A rectocele is a medical condition in which the wall of the rectum protrudes into the vagina due to a weakening of the muscles and ligaments that hold the rectum in place. This condition is most commonly seen in women who had vaginal childbirths, especially if they were traumatic or included prolonged labor, multiple births, or large babies. It can cause symptoms such as discomfort, difficulty with bowel movements, and sexual issues. However, in some cases, it may not cause any symptoms.


  1. Rectocele

    A rectocele results from a tear in the rectovaginal septum. Rectal tissue bulges through this tear and into the vagina as a hernia. There are two main causes of this tear: childbirth, and hysterectomy. Although the term applies most usually to the phenomenon of rectal herniation into the vagina in females, males may suffer with a condition likewise named. Rectoceles in men are uncommon, and usually the protrusion is backwards rather than forwards, as the prostate gland provides structural support anteriorly in men. Prostatectomy appears to be associated with rectoceles in men.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Rectocele

    A hernial protrusion of part of the rectum into the vagina. (Dorland, 28th ed)

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    The numerical value of rectocele in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

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    The numerical value of rectocele in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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