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[see-kuh m]
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noun, plural cae·ca [see-kuh] /ˈsi kə/.
  1. cecum.
Related formscae·cal, adjectivecae·cal·ly, adverbpost·cae·cal, adjectivesub·cae·cal, adjective


or cae·cum

[see-kuh m]
noun, plural ce·ca [see-kuh] /ˈsi kə/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a cul-de-sac, especially that in which the large intestine begins.

Origin of cecum

1715–25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut
Related formsce·cal, adjectivece·cal·ly, adverbsub·ce·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for caeca

Historical Examples

  • The normal number of caeca in the Glyphysodontidae is three.

    Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1.

    J Lort Stokes

  • Among the purely aquatic families such structures are very rare, and are represented by two caeca in the genus Limnodriloides.

British Dictionary definitions for caeca


noun plural -ca (-kə)
  1. US a variant spelling of caecum
Derived Formscecal, adjective


US cecum

noun plural -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 Formscaecal or US cecal, adjective

Word Origin

C18: short for Latin intestinum caecum blind intestine, translation of Greek tuphlon enteron
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Word Origin and History for caeca



1721, from Latin intestinum caecum "blind gut," from neuter of caecus "blind, hidden," from Proto-Italic *kaiko-, from PIE *kehi-ko- "one-eyed," cognate with Old Irish ca'ech "one-eyed," coeg "empty," Welsh coeg-dall, Old Cornish cuic "one-eyed;" Gothic haihs "one-eyed, blind." So called for being prolonged into a cul-de-sac.



variant of caecum.

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caeca in Medicine


  1. Variant ofcecum


n. pl. ce•ca (-kə)
  1. The large blind pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine.blind gut
  2. A saclike cavity with only one opening.

caeca in Science


Plural ceca
  1. A large pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine. The appendix and the ileum of the small intestine both connect to the cecum.