Medical Definition of Rectal valves

1. The three or four crescentic folds placed horizontally in the rectal mucous membrane; the superior rectal fold is situated near the beginning of the rectum on the left side; the middle rectal fold (Nelaton's fold) is most prominent and consistent and projects from the right side about 8 cm above the anus (approximately the level of the floor of the rectouterine or rectovesical pouch); the inferior rectal fold is on the left side about 5 cm above the anus. Synonym: plicae transversales recti, Houston's folds, Houston's valves, Kohlrausch's valves, plicae recti, rectal folds, rectal valves. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rectal Valves

recta ratio
rectal ampulla
rectal anaesthesia
rectal artery
rectal cancer
rectal columns
rectal fistula
rectal folds
rectal plexuses
rectal prolapse
rectal reflex
rectal shelf
rectal sinuses
rectal valves (current term)
rectal valvotomy
rectal varicosities
rectal varicosity
rectal vein
rectal venous plexus
rectangular amputation
rectangular coordinates
rectangular number

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