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.
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Origin of vermiform appendix
First recorded in 1770–80
Also called appendix.
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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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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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