[ see-kuh m ]
/ ˈsi kəm /

noun, plural cae·ca [see-kuh] /ˈsi kə/.

Nearby words

  1. cadwallader,
  2. cady,
  3. cae,
  4. cae-,
  5. caecilian,
  6. caelian,
  7. caelum,
  8. caen,
  9. caen stone,
  10. caeno-

Related formscae·cal, adjectivecae·cal·ly, adverbpost·cae·cal, adjectivesub·cae·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caecal


US cecum

/ (ˈsiːkəm) /

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 Formscaecal 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 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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Medicine definitions for caecal


[ sēkəm ]


Variant ofcecum

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