cecum

noun
ce·​cum | \ ˈsē-kəm How to pronounce cecum (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British caecum
plural ceca or chiefly British caeca\ ˈsē-​kə How to pronounce cecum (audio) \

Definition of cecum

: a cavity open at one end (such as the blind end of a duct) especially : the blind pouch at the beginning of the large intestine into which the ileum opens from one side and which is continuous with the colon

Other Words from cecum

cecal or chiefly British caecal \ ˈsē-​kəl How to pronounce cecum (audio) \ adjective
cecally \ ˈsē-​kə-​lē How to pronounce cecum (audio) \ or chiefly British caecally adverb

First Known Use of cecum

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cecum

New Latin, from Latin intestinum caecum, literally, blind intestine

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“Cecum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cecum. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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cecum

noun
ce·​cum
variants: or chiefly British caecum \ ˈsē-​kəm How to pronounce cecum (audio) \
plural ceca or chiefly British caeca\ -​kə How to pronounce cecum (audio) \

Medical Definition of cecum

: a cavity open at one end (as the blind end of a duct) especially : the blind pouch at the beginning of the large intestine into which the ileum opens from one side and which is continuous with the colon

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