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[see-kuh m]
noun, plural cae·ca [see-kuh] /ˈsi kə/.
  1. cecum.
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Related formscae·cal, adjectivecae·cal·ly, adverbpost·cae·cal, adjectivesub·cae·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for caecal

Historical Examples

  • Caecum: a blind sac or tube-like structure serving as one of the caecal tubes or pouches: see coecum.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Mid-gut: the chylific ventricle with the caecal glands, tubes or pouches.

British Dictionary definitions for caecal


US cecum

noun plural -ca (-kə)
  1. anatomy any structure or part that ends in a blind sac or pouch, esp the pouch that marks the beginning of the large intestine
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Derived Formscaecal or US cecal, adjective

Word Origin

C18: short for Latin intestinum caecum blind intestine, translation of Greek tuphlon enteron
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Word Origin and History for caecal



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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

caecal in Medicine


  1. Variant ofcecum
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