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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caecum is very much shorter, and so is the large intestine.
It has, moreover, no zygoma in the skull, and there is no
caecum seems also to be shorter in the Ground Porcupines.
The intestine has both a duodeno-jejunal flexure and a
caecum when short has no longitudinal bands; the liver has a Spigelian lobe. British Dictionary definitions for caecum 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 noun plural -ca ( -kə) US a variant spelling of caecum Derived Forms cecal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for caecum 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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