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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

cecum

or caecum

[see-kuh m] /ˈsi kəm/
noun, plural ceca
[see-kuh] /ˈsi kə/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology
1.
a cul-de-sac, especially that in which the large intestine begins.
Origin of cecum
1715-1725
1715-25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut
Related forms
cecal, adjective
cecally, adverb
subcecal, adjective
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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

cecum

/ˈsiːkəm/
noun (pl) -ca (-kə)
1.
(US) a variant spelling of caecum
Derived Forms
cecal, adjective
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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.

cecum

n.

variant of caecum.

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caecum in Medicine

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

cecum ce·cum or cae·cum (sē'kəm)
n. pl. ce·ca (-kə)

  1. The large blind pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine. Also called blind gut.

  2. A saclike cavity with only one opening.

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caecum in Science
cecum
  (sē'kəm)   
Plural ceca
A large pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine. The appendix and the ileum of the small intestine both connect to the cecum.
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