|the portion of the digestive tube between the stomach and the cecum, consisting of the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum|
|the third and lowest division of the small intestine, extending from the jejunum to the cecum.|
|—n , pl -dices, -dixes|
|1.||a body of separate additional material at the end of a book, magazine, etc, esp one that is documentary or explanatory|
|2.||any part that is dependent or supplementary in nature or function; appendage|
|3.||anatomy See vermiform appendix|
|[C16: from Latin: an appendage, from appendere to |
appendix ap·pen·dix (ə-pěn'dĭks)
n. pl. ap·pen·dix·es or ap·pen·di·ces (-dĭ-sēz')
A supplementary or an accessory part of an organ or a structure of the body.
The vermiform appendix.
|appendix (ə-pěn'dĭks) Pronunciation Key
Plural appendixes or appendices (ə-pěn'-dĭ-sēz')
A tubular projection attached to the cecum of the large intestine and located on the lower right side of the abdomen. Also called vermiform appendix.
A small saclike organ located at the upper end of the large intestine. The appendix has no known function in present-day humans, but it may have played a role in the digestive system in humans of earlier times. The appendix is also called the vermiform appendix because of its wormlike (“vermiform”) shape.