caecum


caecum

< /ˈsi kə/. Anatomy, Zoology.

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

noun plural -ca (-kə)

  1. anatomy any structure or part that ends in a blind sac or pouch, esp the pouch that marks the beginning of the large intestine

noun plural -ca (-kə)

  1. US a variant spelling of caecum
n.

1721, from Latin intestinum caecum “blind gut,” from neuter of caecus “blind, hidden,” from Proto-Italic *kaiko-, from PIE *kehi-ko- “one-eyed,” cognate with Old Irish ca’ech “one-eyed,” coeg “empty,” Welsh coeg-dall, Old Cornish cuic “one-eyed;” Gothic haihs “one-eyed, blind.” So called for being prolonged into a cul-de-sac.

n.

variant of caecum.

n.

  1. Variant ofcecum

n. pl. ce•ca (-kə)

  1. The large blind pouch forming the beginning of the large intestine.blind gut
  2. A saclike cavity with only one opening.

Plural ceca

  1. 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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