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vermiform appendix


noun Anatomy, Zoology.

a narrow, blind tube protruding from the cecum, having no known useful function, in humans being 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 cm) long and situated in the lower right-hand part of the abdomen.

Nearby words

vermicule, vermiculite, vermiculose, vermiculture, vermiform, vermiform appendix, vermiform process, vermifugal, vermifuge, vermilion, vermilion border

Origin of vermiform appendix

First recorded in 1770–80
Also called appendix.
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British Dictionary definitions for vermiform appendix

vermiform appendix

vermiform process


noun

a wormlike pouch extending from the lower end of the caecum in some mammals. In man it is vestigialAlso called: appendix
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Medicine definitions for vermiform appendix

vermiform appendix


n.

A wormlike intestinal diverticulum starting from the blind end of the cecum in the lower right-hand part of the abdomen and ending in a blind extremity.
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Science definitions for vermiform appendix

vermiform appendix

[ vûrmə-fôrm′ ]

See appendix.
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