caecum

caecum

[see-kuhm]
noun, plural caeca [see-kuh] .

caecal, adjective
caecally, adverb
postcaecal, adjective
subcaecal, adjective
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caecum or cecum (ˈsiːkəm)
 
n , pl -ca
anatomy any structure or part that ends in a blind sac or pouch, esp the pouch that marks the beginning of the large intestine
 
[C18: short for Latin intestinum caecum blind intestine, translation of Greek tuphlon enteron]
 
cecum or cecum (ˈsiːkəm, -kə)
 
n
 
[C18: short for Latin intestinum caecum blind intestine, translation of Greek tuphlon enteron]
 
'caecal or cecum
 
adj
 
'cecal or cecum
 
adj

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caecum
1721, from L. intestinum cæcum "blind gut," from neut. of cæcus "blind, hidden." So called for being prolonged into a cul-de-sac.
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caecum cae·cum (sē'kəm)
n.
Variant of cecum.

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caecum

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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