- a cul-de-sac, especially that in which the large intestine begins.
Origin of cecum
1715–25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut
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- US a variant spelling of caecum
Word Origin and History for ceca
variant of caecum.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The large blind pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine.blind gut
- A saclike cavity with only one opening.
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- 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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