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caecum

[see-kuh m] /ˈsi kəm/
noun, plural caeca
[see-kuh] /ˈsi kə/ (Show IPA)
1.
Related forms
caecal, adjective
caecally, adverb
postcaecal, adjective
subcaecal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for caecum

caecum

/ˈsiːkəm/
noun (pl) -ca (-kə)
1.
(anatomy) any structure or part that ends in a blind sac or pouch, esp the pouch that marks the beginning of the large intestine
Derived Forms
caecal, (US) cecal, adjective
Word Origin
C18: short for Latin intestinum caecum blind intestine, translation of Greek tuphlon enteron
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Word Origin and History for caecum
n.

1721, from Latin intestinum caecum "blind gut," from neuter of caecus "blind, hidden," from Proto-Italic *kaiko-, from PIE *kehi-ko- "one-eyed," cognate with Old Irish ca'ech "one-eyed," coeg "empty," Welsh coeg-dall, Old Cornish cuic "one-eyed;" Gothic haihs "one-eyed, blind." So called for being prolonged into a cul-de-sac.

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caecum in Medicine

caecum cae·cum (sē'kəm)
n.
Variant of cecum.

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Encyclopedia Article for caecum

cecum

pouch or large tubelike structure in the lower abdominal cavity that receives undigested food material from the small intestine and is considered the first region of the large intestine. It is separated from the ileum (the final portion of the small intestine) by the ileocecal valve (also called Bauhin valve), which limits the rate of food passage into the cecum and may help prevent material from returning to the small intestine.

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