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cecum

[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.
Also, caecum.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut
Related forms
cecal, adjective
cecally, adverb
subcecal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cecum

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 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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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