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Definition of Hematochezia

Hematochezia: Bright red blood in the stool, usually from the lower gastrointestinal tract -- the colon or rectum -- or from hemorrhoids.

The term "hematochezia" is rarely used. "Bright red blood in the stool" is more widely used (and understood).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18453
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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