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cecum

or cae·cum

[ see-kuhm ]
/ ˈsi kəm /
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noun, plural ce·ca [see-kuh]. /ˈsi kə/. Anatomy, Zoology.

a cul-de-sac, especially that in which the large intestine begins.

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Origin of cecum

1715–25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut

OTHER WORDS FROM cecum

cecal, adjectivece·cal·ly, adverbsub·ce·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cecum

cecum
/ (ˈsiːkəm) /

noun plural -ca (-kə)

US a variant spelling of caecum

Derived forms of cecum

cecal, adjective
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Medical definitions for cecum

cecum

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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Scientific definitions for cecum

cecum
[ sēkəm ]

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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