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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.
Origin of cecum
1715-25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut
Related forms
cecal, adjective
cecally, adverb
subcecal, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cecum
Historical Examples
  • These two occur in the small intestine; a form intermediate in size may also be found in the cecum and colon.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • It lives in the large intestine, especially the cecum, with its slender extremity embedded in the mucous membrane.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • One of them may occupy the cecum, another the transverse colon, and possibly a third the sigmoid flexure.

    Intestinal Ills

    Alcinous Burton Jamison
  • The latter is somewhat smaller and is found in the cecum and large intestine.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for cecum


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

variant of caecum.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cecum 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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cecum 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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