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[see-kuh m] /ˈsi kəm/
noun, plural caeca
[see-kuh] /ˈsi kə/ (Show IPA)
Related forms
caecal, adjective
caecally, adverb
postcaecal, adjective
subcaecal, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ca (-kə)
(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
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Word Origin and History for caecal



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.

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caecal in Medicine

caecum cae·cum (sē'kəm)
Variant of cecum.

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