- a cul-de-sac, especially that in which the large intestine begins.
Origin of cecum
Examples from the Web for caecum
The caecum is very much shorter, and so is the large intestine.
It has, moreover, no zygoma in the skull, and there is no caecum.
The caecum seems also to be shorter in the Ground Porcupines.
The intestine has both a duodeno-jejunal flexure and a caecum.
The caecum when short has no longitudinal bands; the liver has a Spigelian lobe.
- anatomy any structure or part that ends in a blind sac or pouch, esp the pouch that marks the beginning of the large intestine
- US a variant spelling of caecum
Word Origin and History for caecum
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.
- Variant ofcecum
- The large blind pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine.blind gut
- A saclike cavity with only one opening.
- A large pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine. The appendix and the ileum of the small intestine both connect to the cecum.