noun, plural ceca [see-kuh] . Anatomy, Zoology.
a cul-de-sac, especially that in which the large intestine begins.
Also, caecum.

1715–25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut

cecal, adjective
cecally, adverb
subcecal, adjective
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cecum (ˈsiːkəm)
n , pl -ca
(US) a variant spelling of caecum

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variant of caecum.
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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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cecum   (sē'kəm)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Intestinal ceca are present, but are nearly always very small.
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