or cae·cum

[see-kuh m]

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

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

Nearby words

  1. cecosigmoidostomy,
  2. cecostomy,
  3. cecotomy,
  4. cecropia moth,
  5. cecrops,
  6. ced,
  7. cedant arma togae,
  8. cedar,
  9. cedar apple,
  10. cedar chest

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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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


noun plural -ca (-kə)

US a variant spelling of caecum
Derived Formscecal, adjective

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Word Origin and History for cecum



variant of caecum.

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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



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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