noun, plural ce·ca [see-kuh] /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 gutRelated formsce·cal, adjectivece·cal·ly, adverbsub·ce·cal, adjective
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These two occur in the small intestine; a form intermediate in size may also be found in the cecum and colon.
It lives in the large intestine, especially the cecum, with its slender extremity embedded in the mucous membrane.
One of them may occupy the cecum, another the transverse colon, and possibly a third the sigmoid flexure.
The latter is somewhat smaller and is found in the cecum and large intestine.
British Dictionary definitions for cecum
noun plural -ca (-kə)
Derived Formscecal, adjective US a variant spelling of caecum
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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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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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