or cae·cum

[ see-kuh m ]
/ ˈsi kəm /

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 gut

Related forms

ce·cal, adjectivece·cal·ly, adverbsub·ce·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cecum

  • These two occur in the small intestine; a form intermediate in size may also be found in the cecum and colon.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
  • The latter is somewhat smaller and is found in the cecum and large intestine.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • It lives in the large intestine, especially the cecum, with its slender extremity embedded in the mucous membrane.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
  • One of them may occupy the cecum, another the transverse colon, and possibly a third the sigmoid flexure.

    Intestinal Ills|Alcinous Burton Jamison

British Dictionary definitions for cecum


/ (ˈsiːkəm) /

noun plural -ca (-kə)

US a variant spelling of caecum

Derived Forms

cecal, adjective
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Medicine definitions for 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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Science definitions for 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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