EXAMPLES | noun, plural cae·ca . [ see-k uh] /ˈsi kə/ Related forms cae·cal, adjective cae·cal·ly, adverb post·cae·cal, adjective sub·cae·cal, adjective noun, plural ce·ca . [ see-k uh] /ˈsi kə/ . 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 ce·cal, adjective ce·cal·ly, adverb sub·ce·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for caeca Historical Examples of caeca British Dictionary definitions for caeca noun plural -ca ( -kə) US a variant spelling of caecum Derived Forms cecal, adjective noun plural -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 or US cecal, adjective Word Origin for caecum
C18: short for Latin
intestinum caecum blind intestine, translation of Greek tuphlon enteron
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Word Origin and History for caeca n.
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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n. pl. ce•ca ( -kə) The large blind pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine. blind gut A saclike cavity with only one opening.
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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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