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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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Examples from the Web for cecum
Historical Examples
  • It lives in the large intestine, especially the cecum, with its slender extremity embedded in the mucous membrane.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • These two occur in the small intestine; a form intermediate in size may also be found in the cecum and colon.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • One of them may occupy the cecum, another the transverse colon, and possibly a third the sigmoid flexure.

    Intestinal Ills Alcinous Burton Jamison
  • The latter is somewhat smaller and is found in the cecum and large intestine.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for cecum

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 cecum
n.

variant of caecum.

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cecum in Medicine

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 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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