cecum

cecum

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


Origin:
1715–25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut

cecal, adjective
cecally, adverb
subcecal, 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

cecum (ˈsiːkəm)
 
n , pl -ca
(US) a variant spelling of caecum
 
'cecal
 
adj

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cecum
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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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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