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or caecum

[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.
Origin of cecum
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 cecal


noun (pl) -ca (-kə)
(US) a variant spelling of caecum
Derived Forms
cecal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for cecal



variant of caecum.

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cecal in Medicine

cecal ce·cal (sē'kəl)
Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the cecum.

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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cecal 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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