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[see-kuh m] /ˈsi kəm/
noun, plural ceca
[see-kuh] /ˈsi kə/ (Show IPA).
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
Related forms
cecal, adjective
cecally, adverb
subcecal, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for subcecal


noun (pl) -ca (-kə)
(US) a variant spelling of caecum
Derived Forms
cecal, adjective
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variant of caecum.

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subcecal 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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subcecal in Science
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 subcecal


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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