digital rectal examination

Pronunciation: (DIH-jih-tul REK-tul eg-ZA-mih-NAY-shun)

An examination in which a doctor inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum to feel for abnormalities. Also called DRE.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Digital rectal exam (DRE). The doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum and feels the prostate to check for anything abnormal.

Date last modified: 2007-01-24