or cae·cum

[see-kuh m]

Origin of cecum

1715–25; short for Latin intestinum caecum blind gut
Related formsce·cal, adjectivece·cal·ly, adverbsub·ce·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cecal


noun plural -ca (-kə)
  1. US a variant spelling of caecum
Derived Formscecal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for cecal



variant of caecum.

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cecal in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of the cecum.


n. pl. ce•ca (-kə)
  1. The large blind pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine.blind gut
  2. A saclike cavity with only one opening.
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cecal in Science


Plural ceca
  1. 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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