The rectum is the terminal end of the large intestine. Its primary role is to store the feces until defecation. The feces are propelled using peristaltic movements during elimination.
The undigested food from the large intestine enters the rectum. This undigested food is known as feces. The feces are stored in the rectum for some time before defecation. During defecation, the sphincter present at the junction of the rectum and the anus known as anal sphincter opens. This moves the feces to the anus from where defecation takes place.
• The rectum is the terminal part of the large intestine in which undigested food known as feces are stored.
• The feces are then passed to the anus via anal sphincter for defecation from the body.
sphincter: a circular muscle that controls opening at the junction of two parts
defecation: removal of feces from the body via the anus
feces: waste food which has not been digested
anus: the opening of the rectum which feces passes through