- a cul-de-sac, especially that in which the large intestine begins.
Origin of cecum
Examples from the Web for caeca
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.
- US a variant spelling of caecum
- anatomy any structure or part that ends in a blind sac or pouch, esp the pouch that marks the beginning of the large intestine
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.
- 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.