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appendix

 [ah-pen´diks] (pl. appen´dices, appendixes) (L.)
1. a slender outgrowth or appendage.
2. a small appendage near the juncture of the small intestine and the large intestine (ileocecal valve). An apparently useless structure, it can be the source of a serious illness, appendicitis. Called also vermiform appendix. adj., adj appendic´eal.
vermiform appendix appendix (def. 2).

ap·pen·dix

, gen.

ap·pen·di·cis

, pl.

ap·pen·di·ces

,

ap·pen·dix·es

(ă-pen'diks, -di-sis, -di-sēs, -dik-sĕz),
1. An appendage or appendixlike structure.
2. A wormlike intestinal diverticulum extending from the blind end of the cecum; it varies in length and ends in a blind extremity. Synonym(s): appendix vermiformis [TA], appendix ceci, processus vermiformis, vermiform appendage, vermiform appendix, vermiform process, vermix
[L. appendage, fr. ap-pendo, to hang something on]

vermiform appendix

n.
A narrow, tubelike sac in some mammals, including humans, that projects from the cecum of the large intestine. Also called vermiform process.

vermiform appendix

Etymology: L, vermis + forma, form, appendix, appendage
a wormlike blunt process extending from the cecum. Its length varies from 7 to 15 cm, and its diameter is about 1 cm. Also called appendix vermiformis, cecal appendix, mesoappendix. See also appendicitis.

ver·mi·form ap·pen·dix

(vĕr'mi-fōrm ă-pen'diks)
A wormlike intestinal diverticulum extending from the blind end of the cecum; it varies in length and ends in a blind extremity.
Synonym(s): appendix vermiformis [TA] .

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Patient discussion about vermiform appendix

Q. What Causes Acute Appendicitis? I've heard that appendicitis is a very common situation. What causes it to happen? Is there a way to avoid it?

A. Appendicitis is caused by an infection of the appendix, usually from bacterias that are already located in the abdomen. It is not a situation that can be avoided and can occur in a high prevalence in the population.

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